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Weekly Space Digest #1: NASA gearing up to crash spacecraft into nearby asteroid, Status of the SLS moon rocket, and more

Weekly Space Digest #1: NASA gearing up to crash spacecraft into nearby asteroid, Status of the SLS moon rocket, and more
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Welcome to the first issue of the @Latestinspace Weekly Space Digest. A look into the latest happening in the space above us.

DART: Why NASA is yeeting a spacecraft into an asteroid
Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA
In what could be straight out of a sci-fi film, on September 26, NASA will deliberately crash a spacecraft into a near-Earth asteroid to try and change its motion and direction through space.
It’s called DART or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test. A spacecraft about the size of a refrigerator will impact the moonlet Dimorphos at about 6.6km/s (14,768 mph) to change its orbit within the Didymos binary asteroid system, a pair of non-Earth threatening asteroids that orbit each other some 11 million kilometers (6.7 million miles) from Earth.
It’s a super exciting test to see if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course through space.
NASA goes into more detail here.
SLS: Update on the moon rocket still stuck on Earth
Credit: Jared Base/Space Explored
Credit: Jared Base/Space Explored
After hydrogen leaks that plagued the launch of NASA’s mission to the Moon late last month, reports now claim that fixes have been made to the tanks and that the space agency will attempt a second launch later this month.
Rumors point to a September 23 and 27 window for another launch attempt. We’ll tweet live stream details as we get closer.
Artemis I, though uncrewed and purely for collecting data, will send a capsule around the Moon and back to Earth, marking the first crucial mission in humanity’s return to the Moon in 2025.
Raw images from Mars today (9/11)
All images captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover.
Rover tracks and rocks.
Rover tracks and rocks.
The Sun and stars from Mars.
The Sun and stars from Mars.
Fairly large rocky mound.
Fairly large rocky mound.
Thank you for reading the first ever Latest in space Weekly Space Digest! We hope this weekly digest gives you a deeper look into our daily tweets and breaking space news. Continue to follow us on Twitter, so you don’t miss anything. Till next week 🍻
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