NASA will slam spacecraft into asteroid

On September 26, when NASA's DART mission collides with the asteroid Dimorphos, there will be a silent witness: 

LICIACube, an Italian cubesat that will stream the groundbreaking experiment live for interested researchers on Earth.

A 31-pound (14 kilogramme) micro-satellite called LICIACube, or the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids, 

 has travelled to the Didymos-Dimorphos binary asteroid system through DART (the Double Asteroid Redirection Test).

The cubesat was launched by DART on September 11 at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT), 

allowing LICIACube 15 days to position itself safely to see DART collide with Dimorphos.

The impact is a groundbreaking experiment intended to modify a space rock's orbit as a critical test of a planetary defence idea that

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