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Nasa Spacecraft Lining up to Smash into an Asteroid
Nasa Spacecraft Lining up to Smash into an Asteroid

Nasa Spacecraft Lining up to Smash into an Asteroid

Florida, 26 Sep (ONA) --- In the coming hours, the American space agency will crash a probe into an asteroid.

Nasa's Dart mission wants to see how difficult it would be to stop a sizeable space rock from hitting Earth.

The demonstration is taking place some 11 million km away (7 million miles) on a target called Dimorphos, BBC news reported.

The agency said the rock is not currently on a path to hit the Earth, nor will the test accidentally send it in our direction.

The impact is timed for 23:14 GMT, Monday (00:14 BST, tomorrow). Telescopes will be watching from afar, including the new super space observatory James Webb.

Nasa is about to find out. Its idea is simply to smash a spacecraft into one.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) mission will check out this theory with a near-head-on crash into 160m-wide Dimorphos at over 20,000km/h.

This should change its orbit around a much larger asteroid, called Didymos, by just a few minutes every day.

Nasa is promising some spectacular images from the 570kg-Dart probe as it goes in for the hit.

--- Ends/Khalid