A vending machine-sized spaceship crashed into a stadium-sized asteroid.
NASA for the first time in history, he tried to change the trajectory of an asteroid as part of a planetary defense mission. Scientists said the mission successfully achieved its goal.
This was reported in space agency.
Then, at 7:14 pm ET, our DartMission successfully reached its target, the non-dangerous asteroid Dimorphos, as part of the world’s first planetary defense mission.
The double asteroid redirection test is designed to demonstrate that the trajectory of a celestial body can be changed using a kinetic impactor. A vending machine-sized spacecraft crashed into a stadium-sized asteroid at 14,000mph or 22,500km / h.
“This test should show that kinetic impact is a viable technology that could one day be used to prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth if necessary. At least for the next 100 years, Earth will not be threatened by a asteroid “, statement says message.
In the photo below on the left you can see the asteroid Didymos and in the center its satellite Dimorphos about 2.5 minutes before the collision with DART. The DRACO thermal imaging camera captured an image from a distance of 570 miles or 920 km. This image was the last to show both asteroids in full.
The following photo shows the satellite of the asteroid Dimorphos 11 seconds before impact from a distance of 42 miles or 68 km.
The latest complete image of the Dimorphos satellite taken by DRACO’s DART camera at a distance of approximately 7 miles or 12 km from the asteroid and 2 seconds before impact. The image shows a section of the asteroid with a diameter of 100 feet or 31 meters.
Former adviser to the head of the State Space Agency Andrei Kolesnik in a comment “Public Radio” he said that as part of this mission, the scientists intended to change the satellite’s rotational speed so that it doesn’t harm the Earth.
“In this mission, NASA is working with a pair of asteroids: one large and one smaller revolving around it. The task of the kamikaze drone is to change the rotation speed of a small asteroid around a large one up to 4 minutes “But, according to the scientists, this will be enough. When it rushes to Earth, we have to divert its trajectory so that it doesn’t harm us, as it did with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, “the expert said.
As reported by UNIAN, an asteroid the size of the Egyptian pyramid of Giza for the first time in more than 100 years it will fly close to Earth. The length of a celestial body called 2019 AV13 ranges from 100 to 230 meters. Its dimensions can be roughly compared to a 140-meter pyramid. He approached the earth September 12.
The last time an asteroid got this close to Earth was in 1914, and the next time it will get close is in 2113. The asteroid poses no danger to Earth, so the planet’s inhabitants shouldn’t get caught. from panic.
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