The US space agency (NASA) said on October 11 that the DART mission successfully changed the orbit of the asteroid Dimorphos after NASA’s spacecraft intentionally collided with the space rock.
Image of the Dart spacecraft preparing to crash into Dimorphos
Image of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft flying by the asteroid Didymos (left) and preparing to crash into Dimorphos (right), September 27, 2022 (Photo shown on screen of the Kennedy Space Center, which is part of the United States Space Agency (NASA).
According to NASA, this is the first time humanity has intentionally altered the motion of an object in space and is also the first time it has comprehensively demonstrated the technology to move asteroids.
Previously, Dimorphos took 11 hours and 55 minutes to orbit its larger parent asteroid, Didymos. According to NASA, following DART’s intentional collision with Dimorphos on September 26, researchers confirmed that Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos was now reduced to 11 hours and 23 minutes.
NASA says the DART mission aims to change the asteroid’s orbit through dynamic impact, testing and confirming methods to protect Earth in the event of a threatened asteroid impact.
The DART spacecraft was launched on November 23, 2021 and completed a 10-month journey to reach the target asteroid.
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The American space agency (NASA) declared on October 11 that the DART mission had succeeded in modifying the orbit of the asteroid Dimorphos after the probe…