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NASA May Save The Planet With Its Asteroid-Smashing Spacecraft

By Editor 06 July 2017

NASA is developing a spacecraft to pummel asteroids and knock them off a course for Earth. Following official approval from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the deflection approach is moving from concept development to preliminary design. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, marks NASA’s “first mission to demonstrate what’s known as the kinetic impactor technique" - aka striking the asteroid to shift its orbit. Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer at NASA, said, “This approval step advances the project toward an historic test with a non-threatening small asteroid.”