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Big Bada Boom! Italian satellite releases first images of NASA’s DART spacecraft hitting an asteroid


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Big Bada Boom! Italian satellite releases first images of NASA’s DART spacecraft hitting an asteroid

Big Bada Boom! Italian satellite releases first images of NASA’s DART spacecraft hitting an asteroid

The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) project, which marked an important turning point in NASA’s planetary defense program, was the first time… 28.09.2022, Sputnik International

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The first images of the immediate aftermath of NASA’s first-ever experiment on Monday, which involved crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid, were released by the Italian space agency on Tuesday. The images were taken by the agency’s micro-satellite LICIACube, equipped with two cameras and launched by DART a few days before the impact. Just minutes after the collision, the small satellite flew by the asteroid Dimorphos, which was the target of the impact, to collect the images. The photos show what appears to be a crater and large streaks of ejecta, which are surface debris on Dimorphos. The intention of the impact was to alter the orbit of the lunar asteroid Dimorphos around the larger space rock Didymos. Neither poses a threat to our planet at any time in the future. About 11 million kilometers separate the Earth from this pair of asteroids. Prior to the collision, experts predicted that the DART crash would blast between 9,979 and 99,790 kilograms of ejecta into space and gouge a crater on the asteroid. other ground-based telescopes aimed at the system to observe the impact. To assess precisely how much the impact altered Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos, weeks of observing the pair of asteroids will be needed, according to NASA.

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The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) project, which marked an important turning point in NASA’s planetary defense program, was the first time that humans altered the trajectory of a celestial body. Technology from the DART mission could one day be used to prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth.

The first images of the immediate aftermath of NASA’s first-ever experiment on Monday, which involved crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid, were released by the Italian space agency on Tuesday.
The images were taken by the agency’s micro-satellite LICIACube, equipped with two cameras and launched by DART a few days before the impact. Just minutes after the collision, the small satellite flew by the asteroid Dimorphos, which was the target of the impact, to collect the images.

The photos show what appears to be a crater and large ejecta trails, which are surface debris on Dimorphos.

Despite the rarity of asteroid collisions, the impact of a large space rock could cause significant local or regional havoc.

The intention of the impact was to alter the orbit of the lunar asteroid Dimorphos around the larger space rock Didymos. Neither poses a threat to our planet at any time in the future. About 11 million kilometers separate the Earth from this pair of asteroids.

Prior to the collision, experts predicted that the DART crash would blast between 9,979 and 99,790 kilograms of ejecta into space and gouge a crater on the asteroid.

More photographs of the aftermath of the collision may be released as the Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope and other ground-based telescopes were aimed at the system to observe the impact.

To assess precisely how much the impact altered Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos, weeks of observing the pair of asteroids will be needed, according to NASA.
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