Terror and joy:NASA DART asteroid impact

It's uncommon for spacecraft mission personnel to applaud when they hear the phrase "loss of signal," but tonight it did.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test by NASA was successful, and the team is celebrating this achievement (DART),

which, as predicted, collided with the asteroid Dimorphos tonight (Sept. 26) at 7:14 p.m. EDT (2314 GMT).

The mission was created to assess a potential planetary defence strategy such that,

Astronomers may be able to prevent a catastrophe if they ever discover a huge asteroid that could strike Earth.

Although the researchers won't be able to assess how well the DART test worked for days or perhaps weeks,

They said that just hitting Dimorphos was a tremendous accomplishment.

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