Nasa successfully crashes spacecraft into asteroid in planetary defense test

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Bid to change asteroid’s course marks ‘new era of humankind’ as agency seeks to protect Earth from future disaster 

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A multimillion-dollar spacecraft collided head-on with an asteroid the size of a football stadium on Monday in an unprecedented test of Nasa 

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Nasa’s craft successfully crashed into the asteroid Dimorphos 6.8m miles from Earth. 

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The mission, known as Dart (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), marked humanity’s first attempt at moving another celestial body 

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with the goal of seeing if a large asteroid hurtling toward our planet could be successfully diverted. 

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The spacecraft collided with the asteroid at 15,000mph at 7.14pm EDT 

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ive-streamed video showed the asteroid’s rubble-strewn surface looming into focus before 

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the spacecraft hit and cheers erupted in the mission control room 

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