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

As we look to the future, a potential threat looms over our planet. If no action is taken, an asteroid not much bigger than a football stadium could collide with Earth. The impact would be catastrophic and similar to a non-radioactive nuclear bomb. Currently, there are approximately 25,000 asteroids measuring roughly 460-feet long in near-Earth space, with about 15,000 of them yet to be discovered.

One possible 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, marking the first planetary defense experiment conducted by humanity.

Although the DART mission was considered successful in changing the asteroid’s trajectory, it also had some unexpected consequences. A study has suggested that the boulders produced as a result of the impact will not pose a threat to Earth but may cross Mars’ orbit over time. This could potentially lead to some of these boulders penetrating Mars’ atmosphere and creating crater-like scars on its surface.

These findings raise concerns about the long-term impact of planetary defense experiments like DART and emphasize the importance of continued research and monitoring to understand their full implications in near-Earth space.

By Samantha Johnson

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