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Asteroid smashed by NASA’s DART probe looks a bit like an M&M

Planetary scientists attending the first major conference since NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) permanently moved a space rock offered early findings about the asteroid and the impact.

DART slammed into a small asteroid called Dimorphos on Sept. 26, 2021, in humanity’s first test of a planetary defense technique that might be used to protect Earth, should we discover a large asteroid threatening a collision. DART was a stunning success: Just weeks after the impact, team members announced that Dimorphos’ orbital period around a larger asteroid called Didymos had sped up from 11 hours and 55 minutes to 11 hours and 23 minutes, shaving off 32 minutes — on the high end of predictions.

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