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Jordanian participates in NASA asteroid strike

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This screengrab made from NASA live feed on September 26, 2022, shows Dimorphos just before the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) made impact with the asteroid, as watched by the NASA team (bottom L) at DART headquarters in Laurel, Maryland. NASA's DART spaceship on Monday struck the moonlet asteroid Dimorphos. (Photo: NASA / AFP)
AMMAN — NASA has given International Astronomical Center (IAC) Chairman Mohammad Odeh a participation certificate for an experiment testing humanity’s ability to prevent asteroids from crashing into Earth by sending spaceships to change its orbit, Al-Ghad News reported.اضافة اعلان

According to AFP, the NASA spaceship on Monday successfully struck and deflected an asteroid seven million miles away. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test impactor hit its target, the space rock Dimorphos, on Monday at 11:14 pm GMT, 10 months after blasting off from California on its pioneering mission.

Although Dimorphos poses no threat to our planet as it loops the Sun every two years, NASA has deemed the experiment important to carry out before an actual need is discovered.

On Monday, Odeh told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that NASA had given him the participation certificate in preparation for the mission, and that the IAC will participate in the analysis of the impact results. 


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