The DART spacecraft, short for Double Asteroid Redirection Test, lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in a $330 million project with echoes of the Bruce Willis movie “Armageddon.”
If all goes well, the boxy, 1,200-pound (540-kilogram) craft will slam head-on into Dimorphos, an asteroid 525 feet (160 meters) across, at 15,000 mph (24,139 kph) next September.
“This isn’t going to destroy the asteroid. It’s just going to give it a small nudge,” said mission official Nancy Chabot of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, which is managing the project.
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AMAZON PLANS TO OPEN NEW CENTRAL INDIANA WAREHOUSE THIS YEAR
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AFTER WAVE OF CANCELLATIONS, DELTA SEES RECOVERY IN 2022
Delta Air Lines lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier predicted Thursday that it will suffer one more quarterly loss before travel perks up in spring and summer.
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WILL SMITH, LADY GAGA, BEN AFFLECK SCORE SAG NOMINATIONS
The Oscar race may be missing in-person glitz this year, but it doesn’t lack for star power. Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck landed individual nominations for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday, while the casts of “Belfast” and “CODA” were among those nominated for the guild’s top award, best ensemble.
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In addition to the new year bringing confetti and a fresh calendar, it’s a time to set big money goals for the next 12 months. That might mean finally paying off debt, buying a house or taking a long-delayed vacation.
The next gen of LUVOIR’s space telescopes
NASA CRAFT ‘TOUCHES' SUN FOR 1ST TIME, DIVES INTO ATMOSPHERE
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SPACE JUNK FORCES SPACEWALK DELAY, TOO RISKY FOR ASTRONAUTS
NASA called off a spacewalk Tuesday because of menacing space junk that could puncture an astronaut’s suit or damage the International Space Station.
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A Russian weapons test created more than 1,500 pieces of space junk that is now threatening the seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station, U.S. officials said this week.
SOLAR WING JAMMED ON NASA SPACECRAFT CHASING ASTEROIDS
NASA is debating whether to try to fix a jammed solar panel on its newly launched Lucy spacecraft, en route to explore an unprecedented number of asteroids.
EARTH- MONITORING LANDSAT 9 SATELLITE LAUNCHES IN CALIFORNIA
The latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth’s surface for decades was launched into orbit from California on Monday to ensure continued observations in the era of climate change.
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Boeing Astronaut Capsule Grounded For Months By Valve Issue
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They’re good only some of the time.