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NASA lands DART on asteroid Dimorphos

The collision of NASA’s DART mission with the asteroid Dimorphos captured by the LICIACube minisatellite. (Image credit: ASI/NASA)

NASA successfully hit the asteroid Dimorphos and watched the dramatic impact in real time from Earth. Engineers from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) in Maryland watched the DART probe, short for Double Asteroid Rendezvous Test, as it approached the small asteroid on Monday (September 26). This is NASA’s first planetary defense test, which may inform future efforts to divert a dangerous asteroid traveling toward our planet.

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