NASA spacecraft to crash into asteroid in test mission for future threats to Earth

A NASA-built spacecraft will deliberately crash into an asteroid as part of a test mission later this month.

The spacecraft, known as Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart), is expected to collide with a 170-metre wide (560ft) asteroid named Dimorphos at 12.14am UK time on 27 September.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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