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Did NASA Just Save Humanity?
The crazier the world gets, the more it feels like we’re living in a movie plot, right? On Monday, a NASA spacecraft hurled itself into a harmless little asteroid to see if it could steer it off its orbit. This mission was basically a galactic dress rehearsal for when an earth-threatening asteroid is making its way towards us.
The idea is that if a spacecraft can make contact with an asteroid and blow it to bits, NASA can preemptively knock out the scary ones before they hit earth so that we don’t go the way of the dinosaurs.
Monday’s mission was successful, and the spacecraft (called DART by its friends) made impact with the guinea pig asteroid. It will take a few weeks before we know exactly how much it altered the asteroid’s path, but the folks at NASA are already celebrating the huge success.
NASA engineer Dr. Elena Adams said that “earthlings should sleep better” now that we know we can simply swat away those pesky planet destroying asteroids.
I don’t know about you guys, but this earthling would sleep better if real life could switch to a different movie genre. Can we get a little less Armageddon and a little more Bridget Jones' Diary, where the biggest dilemma is choosing between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant?