As in the game: NASA flies spacecraft visibly into an asteroid

As in the game: NASA flies spacecraft visibly into an asteroid

from Norman Wittkopf
To test planetary defense against asteroids, the US space agency NASA has steered a probe into a distant celestial body, as a video shows.

According to NASA, the so-called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was mankind’s very first test of planetary defense, with a space probe on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 01:14 a.m. CET (local time: 19:14 p.m., 09/26/22). , was intentionally guided into the asteroid Dimorphos to see if the kinetic force could alter its orbit.

According to the US space agency, the same technology could be used in the future to deflect an asteroid threatening Earth, should it ever be discovered. However, the DART mission’s target asteroid did not pose a threat to Earth either before or after impact, the description said to the expired live stream, who, among other things, recorded the events from the approach to the impact. The whole thing was summarized on Twitter:

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