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NASA to crash $330 million spacecraft into asteroid to see if impact can alter course

In a few weeks, NASA controllers will deliberately crash their $330 million Dart spacecraft into an asteroid. The half-ton probe will be traveling at more than four miles per second when it hits its target, Dimorphos, and will be destroyed. The goal of this kamikaze science mission is simple: space engineers want to learn how …

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Additional NASA Artemis I test targets for the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft

Orion Artemis I Moon

Animation of the Orion spacecraft flying around the Moon. Credit: NASA. During Artemis I, which is scheduled to launch on August 29, NASA Founded in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that succeeded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It is responsible …

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