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Its the stuff of sci-fi disaster films. What do we do if an asteroid is on a collision course with our home planet? One option might be the use of brute force, sending a spacecraft to intervene in the asteroids trajectory to simply knock it off course. Today, NASA will explore this possibility with a world-first mission to crash into the asteroid Dimorphos and alter its orbit. We checked in with the team behind this landmark mission to understand some of the mechanics at play.

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