NASA’s asteroid-slamming DART spacecraft catches 1st look at target (photo)


That’s no moon. That’s a moonlet.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) (opens in new tab) spacecraft simply beamed again the primary picture of its goal, the moonlet Dimorphos, in addition to its physique it orbits, the asteroid Didymos (opens in new tab). DART is a planetary protection check mission designed to affect the moonlet to change its trajectory round Didymos. If confirmed efficient, this spacecraft design might probably be scaled as much as deflect an Earth-bound asteroid (opens in new tab). (Didymos and Dimorphos pose no risk to Earth (opens in new tab) — they’re a check web site for the kinetic affect expertise.)

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