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NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft

rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented

dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces

Earth.

The galactic slam occurred at a harmless asteroid

7 million miles away, with the spacecraft named Dart

plowing into the space rock at 14,000 mph. Scientists

expected the impact to carve out a crater, hurl streams of

rocks and dirt into space and, most importantly, alter the

asteroid’s orbit.

“We have impact!” Mission Control’s Elena Adams announced,

jumping up and down and thrusting her arms skyward.

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