NASA uses spacecraft to “smash away” asteroids to protect Earth from severe damage in the future-BBC News

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A NASA spacecraft was launched into space with a mission to test whether the future technology can shift the orbit of asteroids that may endanger the Earth.

This sounds a bit like the storyline of an American Hollywood movie, but Nasa’s “Double Asteroid Redirection Test” (Dart for short) mission is for exactly that purpose.

The Dart spacecraft will hit an asteroid called Dimorphos to test how its speed and orbit change after the impact.

If an asteroid with a width of hundreds of meters collides with the Earth, it may cause damage to the entire continent.

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