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The moment the DART probe crashes into the asteroid Dimorphos

by archyde

NASA has attempted for the first time to deflect an asteroid from its path. The probe named DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) crashed against Dimorphos, a small asteroid about 160 meters in diameter, satellite of a larger asteroid named Didymos. This test mission aims to develop a method to change the trajectory of a celestial body that threatens the Earth.

Le couple Didymos-Dimorphos posed no risk to our planet. It was therefore only a question of knowing more about these asteroids. Space telescopes like James-Webb and Hubble also tracked the event to measure the disruption to the asteroid’s trajectory. The European Space Agency’s Hera probe is to be launched in October 2024 to see the final result of the impact.

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