NASA prepares for Monday asteroid strike

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Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

In the initially-of-its sort, help you save-the-planet experiment, NASA is about to clobber a smaller, harmless asteroid millions of miles absent. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The influence should really be just ample to nudge the asteroid into a a little tighter orbit close to its companion place rock — demonstrating that if a killer asteroid at any time heads our way, we’d stand a fighting prospect of diverting it.

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