Posted BY: Billy | NwoReport
On September 26, NASA intentionally smashed its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphos — and we can now see DART collision images captured by NASA’s iconic Hubble and James Webb space telescopes.
The collision: The purpose of DART was to test NASA’s planetary defense capabilities — if it could change the orbit of a non-threatening asteroid by slamming something into it, it might be able to use the same technique to redirect a space rock headed straight toward us.
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Based on images taken by DART moments before impact, we do know for sure that the spacecraft hit its target. What we don’t know yet is if the collision changed the asteroid’s orbit or by how much — and that’s vital information.