EXPLAINER: Why a NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid

EXPLAINER: Why a NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid

Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid? CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock — demonstrating that if a killer …