The NASA Spacecraft Crash Into an Asteroid Could Have Consequences

NASA's DART mission hit Dimorphos at 14,000 mph in September 2022 to test asteroid deflection. 

The mission was successful, but experts are now studying the repercussions of this first human-induced celestial redirection. 

A recent research describes how debris from this collision could reach Mars in 6,000 to 13,000 years and form 1,000-foot craters. 

Asteroids dominate our apocalyptic imagination. After all, a cosmic fireball killed dinosaurs.  

Why should mammals think they're special? Concerns exist. About 25,000 asteroids larger than 460 feet reside in Earth's neighborhood, and 14,000 are undiscovered. 

Having an extinction-prevention plan would be good if mankind ever found itself behind the eight-ball of fate. 

NASA shared my notion, thankfully. To change its trajectory, the space agency blasted a spacecraft into Dimorphos in September 2022.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, our first effort to redirect an object in orbit, including this 14,000-mph kinetic hit. The mission was a success, but the heavenly run-in is having unforeseen repercussions. 

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