NASA Crashes $308M Spaceship Directly Into Asteroid – Moments Before Violent End Captured in Photos

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On Monday at 7:14 p.m., NASA successfully completed its Double Asteroid Redirection Test by intentionally crashing an unmanned spacecraft into an asteroid to alter the asteroid’s trajectory. The test was run as part of a program to see if a spacecraft could knock potentially “catastrophic” asteroids off course if they were heading towards Earth, the Washington Post reported. To conclude this test, NASA crashed a craft into the asteroid Dimorphos at 14,000 miles per hour. “At its core, DART represents an unprecedented success for planetary defense, but it is also a mission of unity with a real benefit for all…

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LeoLabs debuts collision risk assessment software for space insurers

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A new LeoLabs’ software tool allows insurers to visualize collision risks to client satellites. (LeoLabs) AMOS 2022 — A new LeoLabs space monitoring tool will allow insurance companies to more accurately assess risks that spacecraft will smash into each other or dangerous space debris while transiting the ever-more crowded low Earth orbit (LEO) environment. The tool, according to insurance experts, could potentially incentivize more firms to provide coverage for on-orbit activities, and in turn help operators by providing a modicum of financial security and encouraging investors. LeoLabs has released what the company calls a “beta version” of the software analysis…

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NASA just smashed a spaceship into an asteroid on purpose. Here are 13 facts about the mission and why it may just help save humanity one day.

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Illustration of DART approaching Dimorphos.NASA/Johns Hopkins APL NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid, in a first-of-its-kind experiment in planetary defense. The space agency wants to see whether it's a viable method for deflecting rocks that could threaten Earth. Here is how this experiment works and why it is important, in 13 facts, photos, and graphs. NASA made history on Monday when it purposefully crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid about 6.8 million miles away as part of its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.Scientists hope the mission will give us information about whether we can use spacecraft to deflect asteroids…

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See video of the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed itself into an asteroid and its livestream cut out

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Screenshots of the footage from DART's camera as the spacecraft approached, then smashed into the rock, on September 26, 2022.NASA Live NASA crashed a space probe into an asteroid on Monday night, practicing to deflect dangerous space rocks. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) hit the space rock in an effort to change its orbit. Watch the DART spacecraft's final moments in the footage from its camera, below. NASA just slammed a spacecraft into a distant asteroid in the name of planetary defense.The asteroid, called Dimorphos, poses no threat to Earth. But the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was designed…

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NASA crashes DART spacecraft into an asteroid, testing a tactic to bump space rocks away from Earth

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An illustration of the DART spacecraft firing its NEXT–C ion engine.NASA/Johns Hopkins APL NASA deliberately crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday. It's a test, in case NASA has to deflect a dangerous asteroid headed toward Earth in the future. There is no risk of that happening anytime soon, but experts say we need to be prepared.  NASA purposefully crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday, in a first-of-its-kind test to learn how to defend the planet against rogue space rocks.The experiment should tell us whether hurtling a spacecraft at high speeds into an asteroid is a viable…

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The Complicated Legacy Of Valentina Tereshkova, The Only Woman To Ever Fly Solo In Space

Once revered as the first woman in space, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova has since become a contentious figure as she has fought to keep President Vladimir Putin in power. The post The Complicated Legacy Of Valentina Tereshkova, The Only Woman To Ever Fly Solo In Space appeared first on All That's Interesting.

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