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DART: Trick Shot by OpNav, and a Successful Test

On September 26, 2022, the NASA/APL DART mission changed the orbit of an asteroid: Dimorphos, a satellite of 65803 Didymos. “NASA Confirms DART Mission Impact Changed Asteroid’s Motion in Space“Josh Handal, Justyna Surowiec; press release; NASA, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics … Continue reading

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DART Mission, Successful Planetary Defense Test; What’s Next

Update (October 11, 2022) Early results are in. Looks like the DART mission successfully shortened Dimorphos’ orbit by 32 minutes. As a NASA press release said: “…This marks humanity’s … first full-scale demonstration of asteroid deflection technology….” Excerpt from the … Continue reading

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Back to the Moon, Onward to Mars: Artemis I

Nobody’s in the Artemis I Mission’s Orion capsule. But if today’s test flight goes well, Artemis II will carry four folks around the Moon before returning to Earth. And Artemis III will bring humans to the Moon’s surface for the … Continue reading

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