NASA certifies that the asteroid-smashing planetary defence test was a success

NASA certifies that the asteroid-smashing planetary defence test was a success

As exciting as these early DART mission discoveries are, understanding how to move an asteroid is simply one component of any future attempts to shield our planet from space debris. The far greater difficulty is understanding what threats exist and being aware of them as soon as feasible.

A comparable “little shove” to a potentially dangerous asteroid may be sufficient to keep it off of Earth’s course, but time is critical.