NASA broadcasting asteroid redirect Monday
(CNN) - NASA will broadcast its first attempt to modify the orbit of an asteroid on Monday.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, will target a small asteroid called dimorphos.
NASA plans to use DART to smash head-first into the asteroid with the hope that it will slow it down and keep it from colliding with a larger asteroid.
NASA said there is no way for either asteroid or any material released by the collision to pose a threat to Earth.
DART is focused on real-world testing of how to protect Earth from actual threats.
NASA said being able to redirect asteroids that could potentially pose a threat in the future will be a major step forward for its planetary defense programs.
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