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NASA’s Rocket Successfully Collides with Asteroid, Potential Debris Threatens Mars

In the near future, if no action is taken to prevent it, a space rock not much bigger than a football stadium could collide with the planet. If it were to hit a city, it would have catastrophic effects similar to a non-radioactive nuclear bomb. Currently, there are about 25,000 asteroids measuring roughly 460-feet long in near-Earth space, with approximately 15,000 of them still undiscovered.

One potential solution to prevent these asteroids from striking Earth is to alter their trajectory by intentionally crashing a small spacecraft into them. In September 2022, a spacecraft the size of a van collided with a 525-foot-long harmless near-Earth asteroid called Dimorphos at a speed of 14,000 miles per hour. This experiment, known as the DART mission, successfully changed the orbit of the asteroid around a larger space rock called Didymos.

While the DART mission was considered successful in changing the asteroid’s trajectory, it had some unexpected consequences. A study that has yet to undergo peer review suggests that the boulders produced as a result of the impact will not pose a threat to Earth. However, these boulders are likely to cross Mars’ orbit over the next 20 years. This could potentially lead to some of these boulders penetrating Mars’ atmosphere and creating crater-like scars on its surface.

These findings highlight concerns about long-term planetary defense experiments like DART and emphasize the importance of continued research and monitoring to fully understand their implications on Earth and other celestial bodies like Mars.

By Samantha Jones

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