DART Plantary Defense Test

While NASA has been busy with the Artemis mission to the moon, which has been subject to technical setbacks, more recently a weather event. Nevertheless they are still busy.

Their latest mission (DART), has been a success. The idea behind this, is to crash a probe in to an asteroid, with the view to changing it's trajectory. This is useful as once we know that this is possible, we can protect the Earth from incoming asteroids or potentially other objects.

I have asked a few related questions on Science Forums, a link to which is below.


Update: Looks like the mission worked and the asteroid changed direction

bbc, 11th October 2022