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Webb and Hubble Telescopes Will Observe NASA’s Asteroid Deflection Test

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Webb and Hubble Telescopes Will Observe NASA’s Asteroid Deflection Test - Gizmodo

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On Monday, NASA will attempt to smash its car-sized DART spacecraft into a non-threatening asteroid, in what is an important first test of a planetary defense strategy against hazardous celestial objects.

NASA’s Lucy probe, currently en route to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, will use its onboard LORRI instrument to gather data in the minutes following the impact.

The spacecraft is expected to slam into Dimorphos, the smaller member of the Didymos binary asteroid system, at 7:14 p.m.ET on September 26.

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Author / Journalist: George Dvorsky

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