Passing a historic test of humanity's ability to stop a celestial body from destroying life on Earth

a NASA spacecraft collided with an asteroid

seven million miles away on Monday to divert its orbit

The Dual Redirection Test (DART) Collider struck its target

the space rock Demorphos, at 7:14 p.m. ET (2314 GMT)

10 months after blasting off from California on its groundbreaking mission.