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Asteroid Impact: NASA’s DART Mission Proves Effective in Altering Course of Celestial Object

NASA Successfully Collides Rocket into Asteroid, Potential Debris Threatens Mars

Asteroid Impact: NASA’s DART Mission Proves Effective in Altering Course of Celestial Object

Asteroid Impact: DART Mission Shows Success

In the near future, a potential threat of an asteroid colliding with Earth looms. This asteroid, similar in size to a football stadium, could cause devastation if it were to strike a city. The impact would be comparable to that of a non-radioactive nuclear bomb. Currently, there are approximately 25,000 asteroids measuring around 460-feet long in near-Earth space, with about 15,000 still remaining to be discovered.

One proposed method to prevent asteroids from impacting Earth is by altering their course using spacecrafts. In September 2022, NASA successfully deflected a 525-foot-long near-Earth asteroid named Dimorphos by crashing into it at 14,000 miles per hour. This groundbreaking planetary defense experiment demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach and is known as the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission.

Following the collision, scientists observed a swarm of boulders surrounding Dimorphos but posed no threat to Earth. Ongoing analysis of the impact revealed that these boulders will not disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere but will instead orbit the Sun for the next 20,000 years. Some of these boulders are projected to intersect with Mars’ orbit and potentially create crater-like scars on its surface up to 1,

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