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How to watch NASA's DART spacecraft crash into an asteroid

How to watch NASA’s DART spacecraft crash into an asteroid

Artist’s rendering of the DART spacecraft approaching the asteroid. Drawing: Nasa DART’s demise is finally upon us, as the NASA spacecraft is on a collision course with the tiny asteroid Dimorphos. Here’s how you can watch this hugely important experiment to deflect an asteroid. Short for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, the DART mission is the …

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NASA’s Mars lander hears the “bloop” of meteorites hitting the Red Planet

The Mars InSight lander detected seismic and acoustic waves created when four space rocks slammed into the Red Planet’s surface. InsightThe seismometer felt vibrations from the impacts in 2020 and 2021, marking the first detections of meteoroids hitting the planet since the lander began collecting data after landing in 2018. The meteoroid impacts occurred between …

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NASA DART deploys camera probe ahead of asteroid impact

NASA DART deploys camera probe ahead of asteroid impact

Representation of DART (left) and LICIACube (right). Image: Italian Space Agency DART will not survive its mission to deflect an asteroid, but the recently deployed LICIACube, a tiny probe equipped with cameras, will document the encounter in great detail. from NASA Asteroid double redirect test (DART) is the space agency’s first demonstration of a defense …

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