Nasa’s DART crashes into asteroid in historic defence test to protect humanity

Dimorphos orbits around another asteroid called Didymos, which is five times bigger, about every 12 hours. The pair of asteroids are no threat to Earth but were used as a test because they are close enough to be seen by telescopes. DART used a “smart navigation system” developed by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory … Read more

Nasa ready to crash £300m spacecraft into an asteroid

They will do this by timing how long Dimorphos takes to orbit Didymos and seeing if Dart has had any effect while cubesats, released from Dart before impact, will capture images. Disruption caused by Dart is not expected to be vast but should be enough to have a significant impact over time. Tom Statler, a … Read more

NASA spacecraft to hit asteroid in planetary defence test | Space News

In world’s first attempt to change the motion of an asteroid, scientists hope the method can prevent collisions with Earth. A NASA spacecraft is scheduled to slam into an asteroid, in an unprecedented test designed to prevent potentially devastating collisions with Earth. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will hit the asteroid Dimorphos about … Read more

‘Planetary defence’: NASA targets asteroid in space collision | Space News

After NASA deliberately smashes a car-sized spacecraft into an asteroid next week, it will be up to the European Space Agency’s Hera mission to investigate the “crime scene” and uncover the secrets of these potentially devastating space rocks. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) aims to collide with the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos on Monday night, … Read more

US, Russia to resume space missions despite Ukraine war tensions | Space News

The joint flight comes after Russia recently said it would withdraw from the space station after 2024 amid tensions with the west over the Ukraine war. A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian-operated flight despite soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington … Read more

Liz Truss keeps EU guessing with ‘good cop, bad cop’ Brexit routine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — One’s a smooth operator well used to dealing with Brussels. The other’s a Brexit hardliner who’ll be working with a Tory agitator dubbed the “second horseman of the Apocalypse.” In picking James Cleverly as her foreign secretary and Chris Heaton-Harris as her Northern Ireland secretary, Britain’s … Read more