NASA is testing a planetary-defense system like nothing we’ve ever seen

By | November 24, 2021


NASA will launch a multimillion-dollar spacecraft today, with plans to crash it into an asteroid in 2022, as a test for a possible asteroid defense system.

It’s the first test of a new planetary-defense system that NASA has created to help keep asteroids in check. NASA is already tracking large asteroids slated to pass close to the Earth. In 2018, another asteroid hit the Earth. If successful, the test could give us a way to protect Earth from asteroids on a path to collide with the planet.

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