controlled crash

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A programmed hard impact of a space probe with the surface of a planet or other body. This is often because fuel has run out, as when NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft was directed to a controlled crash with the asteroid Eros in February 2001.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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