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VIDEO: NASA spacecraft crashes into an asteroid

A NASA spacecraft slammed into an asteroid at breakneck speed on Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a deadly rock threatens Earth.

The galactic grand slam hit a harmless asteroid located 9.6 million kilometers from Earth. The spacecraft, named Dart, slammed into the small space rock at a speed of 22,500 km/h. Scientists expected the impact to slice through the asteroids at 10,000 km/h.

Telescopes from around the world and from space aimed at the same point in the sky to capture the spectacle. Although the impact was immediately obvious – Dart’s radio signal cut off abruptly – it will take days, if not weeks, to determine just how much the asteroid’s trajectory has been altered.

The $325 million mission was the first attempt to change the position of an asteroid or other natural object in space.

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