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NASA to crash a spaceship into an asteroid

NASA intends to crash a space shuttle into an asteroid to understand whether the impact could alter its trajectory.

2021 Nov 23, 13:15,
In this photo taken from video footage released by the Roscosmos Space Agency, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket booster with Soyuz MS-18 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Friday, April 9, 2021. (Photo via AP)

American space agency NASA intends to crash a fully functional spaceship into an asteroid.

"NASA will intentionally crash the DART spacecraft into an asteroid to see if that is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future.", tweeted SpaceX on their official Twitter page on Nov 20.

If successful, this could ensure the prevention of human extinction by a catastrophic asteroid crash, even though NASA has stated that Earth is safe from any huge asteroid hit for at least a hundred years.

Some Twitter users made jokes about how this experiment may accidentally lead to the asteroid changing its course and crashing into the Earth instead.

The space shuttle will collide with an asteroid at a speed of 6,600 metres per second.

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator and Science Mission Directorate of NASA, has requested everyone around the world to join their pre-launch mission briefing on Monday, Nov. 22nd.

Thomas also informed in a separate tweet that the liftoff will be at Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday, Nov. 24th at 1:21 am. EST.


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