First kinetic impact test succeeds in shifting asteroid orbit


The kinetic impact of NASA’s DART spacecraft with the Dimorphos asteroid around its larger Didymos parent body has succeeded in shifting its orbit, meaning humankind’s first planetary defence test has been successful. Observations are continuing of the plume of the debris caused by the collision for as long as possible, as the asteroid system gradually recedes from Earth.

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