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NASA’s asteroid-deflecting test mission is just 1 month away from impact

We’re just one month out from impact — impact of NASA’s DART spacecraft into an asteroid, that is.

Managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland for NASA, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DARTmission is the first-ever planetary defense test. On Sept. 26 at 7:14 pm EDT (2314 GMT), the DART spacecraft will crash into the asteroid Dimorphos at approximately 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) in an attempt to alter the celestial body’s trajectory around a larger asteroid called Didymos.

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