NASA confirms mankind can deflect killer asteroids with rockets — but only if we have years to prepare

About five months after a rocket intentionally crashed into a distant asteroid, NASA has good news: the mission was successful a resounding successand similar methods could prevent Earth from being obliterated by planet-destroying space rock in the future, according to four new studies published in the journal Nature.

“I cheered when DART slammed head-on on the asteroid for the world’s first demonstration of planetary defense technology, and that was just the beginning.” Nicholas Fox (opens in new tab)Deputy Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, said in a opinion (opens in new tab). “These results add to our fundamental understanding of asteroids and provide a basis for how humanity can protect Earth from a potentially dangerous asteroid by changing its course.”

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