NASA have achieved a multi-world first this week: playing space billiards. I’m painfully aware of the mixed metaphors between that last sentence and the title. I’m not going to change it; I just wanted you to know that I know. Anyway, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) undertook its first mission this week, successfully crashing into an asteroid at 15,000mph. Without context, that probably doesn’t sound terribly successful, but the goal of the mission was to redirect said asteroid and thereby evaluate DART’s capabilities as a planetary defence technology. This particular asteroid was just minding its own business and offered no threat to us Earthlings, but the logic is that the same technology could be implemented to redirect an asteroid with more malevolent intentions. This would completely undermine the premise of ‘Don’t Look Up’. If only the technology had been available a couple of years ago; they would never have had to make that terrible film.
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