The US space agency NASA has built a spacecraft that will intentionally crash into a small asteroid called Dimorphos. While the asteroid poses no threat to Earth, it was chosen to help prove that dangerous incoming rocks can be deflected by deliberately crashing into it, according to a report from Heaven news.
On September 26, the Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) spacecraft will strike an asteroid not far from Earth as a battering ram. The aim of the project is to protect the planet from possible asteroid collisions, the Fox Weather.com said.
The space agency shared a post on Twitter on Wednesday, saying: “Taking the scenic route. As our DART mission heads for its deliberate collision with Dimorphos, an asteroid moon that poses no threat to Earth, the camera of the spacecraft captured a picture of Jupiter and its four largest moons.”
Take the scenic route.
Like ours #DARTMission While heading for its intentional impact with Dimorphos, an asteroid moon that poses no threat to Earth, the spacecraft’s camera captured a picture of Jupiter and its four largest moons. More information: https://t.co/l34qt7Ql1fpic.twitter.com/6eWToVmZS8
— NASA (@NASA) September 20, 2022
According to an release The space agency’s Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical Navigation, or DRACO, aboard NASA’s DART mission has taken hundreds of photos of stars as it heads for its long-awaited September 26 collisions with the binary asteroid Didymos.
The images provide the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) team, which is responsible for the project for NASA, with the information needed to help continue testing and simulation of spacecraft in the run-up to the kinetic crash. of the spacecraft with Dimorphos, the moon of Didymos.
According to space.comNancy Chabot, DART coordination leader at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Laboratory, said in a Sept. 12 press conference, “The DRACO images, I just want to emphasize, are going to be pretty spectacular.”
“You end up in an asteroid that no one has ever seen before,” Chabot continued. “You’re going to see things that are tens of centimeters across for that final image and then it breaks down. I think that’s going to be pretty cool,” she added.