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NASA’s asteroid-busting spacecraft captures target for first time (photo)

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This is not the moon. This is the monthlet it.

NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) The spacecraft has just transmitted the first image of its target, the lunar dimorph, as well as its orbiting body, an asteroid Didymos. DART is a planetary defense test mission designed to impact the moon to change its trajectory around Didymos. If proven effective, this spacecraft design could potentially be scaled up to deflect traffic away from Earth asteroid. (Didymos and Dimorphos are not a threat to Earth — they are a testing ground for kinetic impact technology.)

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