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NASA’s DART impact changed asteroid’s orbit forever

A dramatic asteroid crash that slammed a NASA probe into a space rock in a first-of-its-kind test to defend our planet was more effective than scientists dreamed possible.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft slammed into a small asteroid called Dimorphos on Sept. 26. The mission was meant to test a potential planetary defense technique in case a large space rock ever threatens to collide with Earth, although NASA knows of no such threats in the foreseeable future. DART’s goal was to shorten Dimorphos’ orbit around a larger asteroid by at least 73 seconds, although scientists hoped the effect would be more like 10 minutes.

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