Nasa has a HIDDEN secret on Google that you can unlock by typing a special phrase

GOOGLE launched a fun Easter egg Nasa successfully crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday.

Typing a specific phrase into the search engine will trigger a special animation to celebrate the mission’s smooth progression.

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Entering “Nasa DART” into the search engine triggers a special animation[/caption]

Nasa announced Monday that it had accomplished the feat after years of preparation.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission intentionally hit the space rock Didymos, 6 million miles from Earth.

It’s the first real test of a new planetary defense system that could one day be used to deflect incoming doomsday asteroids.

To celebrate, Google paid tribute with a temporary expansion of its search engine.


Typing “Nasa DART” into Google Search will trigger an animation of the DART spacecraft hurtling across your screen.

It eventually nudges your search results, leaving them crooked and, frankly, a little harder to read.

Try it now Google’s website or by typing in the address bar at the top of Google’s Chrome browser.

crash test

NASA officials jumped for joy after DART crashed into an asteroid Monday, confirming a crowning achievement in planetary defense.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission intentionally crashed into a space rock 6 million miles from Earth.

It’s Nasa’s first planetary defense test and just the beginning, as the agency will use the information to see if DART actually changed the asteroid’s orbit.

In the future, Nasa could use similar missions to deflect incoming asteroids that threaten our planet.

Members of the mission operations staff watched the impact as the asteroid grew larger in the spacecraft’s camera image.

“We have influence!” announced one commenter.

The impact was confirmed when DART lost its signal upon impact with the asteroid.

Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson welcomed the mission, calling the project a “giant step in defending the planet.”

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A NASA spacecraft has crashed into an asteroid to test our planetary defenses[/caption]

Nasa took pictures of the impact with a small satellite that detached from DART just before its final moments.

These photos are now on their way back to Earth and will arrive about 24 hours after the crash.

Data collected from the companion CubeSat will help assess whether the $330 million mission was a success.

DART aimed to alter the orbit of its target Dimorphos, a small moon orbiting the asteroid Didymos.

The scheme mirrors the plot of the 1998 blockbuster flick Armageddon, in which Nasa flies a spacecraft to an asteroid to prevent it from hitting Earth.

“DART will be the first demonstration of kinetic impactor technology to alter the motion of an asteroid in space,” NASA says on its website.

The DART spacecraft consisted of a box-shaped body about twice the size of a washing machine, flanked by two 18-meter-long solar panels.

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It lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in November and took ten months to reach binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos.

Didymos is about 740 meters in diameter and is located between the orbits of Earth and Mars. It wasn’t the primary focus of the mission.

Instead, NASA’s intrepid battering ram targeted a smaller asteroid — or moonlet — that closely orbits Didymos.

Dubbed Dimorphos, meaning “two forms,” ​​the asteroid is 525 feet in diameter. It poses no threat to Earth but represents the size of an asteroid that would cause serious damage if it hit our planet.

The impact did not destroy the asteroid, but it is hoped that it changed speed to align with Didymos’ orbit.

“Sometimes we describe it as like driving a golf cart into a big pyramid or something,” said Nancy Chabot, planetary scientist and DART coordination lead at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

“But for Dimorphos, it’s really about asteroid deflection, not perturbation.”

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There are currently no asteroids on a direct impact course with Earth, but there are over 27,000 near-Earth asteroids of all shapes and sizes.

The data collected by DART will aid in planetary defense strategies and could help scientists understand the type of force required to shift the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid.

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