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A battle in space, we really saw it: the crazy side –

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We recently deflected an asteroid that was orbiting in a collision with Earth. The Dart probe has been launched into space to defend us against threats from extraterrestrials.

The goal of the Dart mission was to divert the course of the asteroid Demorphos. The asteroid posed a threat to the Earth, because its path was in the direction of our planet.

NASA has succeeded in its intention to divert the course of this huge extraterrestrial object, which would have posed a danger to the entire planet. The orb deflection occurred by literally throwing a spin probe at them.

The fate of the Daft probe was decided early on in its design, but its sacrifice saved Earth’s inhabitants. Before landing on the asteroid, he recorded the last moments of his existence, showing an unusual sight.

Dart story

Before talking about the recorded video of the Dart probe, let’s go back a little to tell the story of this untransformable Space mission designs by NASA and SpaceX.

NASA announced the accident some time ago, explaining that it was about to launch a probe called Dart (Dual Asteroid Redirection Test) to prove it The asteroid’s path can be modified using a kinetic collider. In simpler terms, the idea was to use a human tool to create a collision that could skew the path of a particular asteroid.

Dimorphos and Didymos orbit model and trajectory of the colliding arrows probe

The asteroid Demorphos was selected for this experiment. Therefore, to understand whether it is possible to slightly change its orbit and what will be the consequences of such a change. Effective way, The asteroid shares a binary system with another celestial bodycalled Didymos, and after impact, will orbit the latter more quickly.

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NASA’s test is also able to show the effects and consequences of orbital change, as well as Study the crater that formed after the collapse.

planetary defense

It was mentioned earlier, the mission objective was to test one Planetary Defense Strategy To block any space objects near the Earth. In the event that these extraterrestrial bodies represent a real danger to our planet.

The Dart probe was jointly designed by NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the flight, which began on November 24, 2021, was funded by the Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

Like a science fiction movie, scientists hypothesized (and then wanted to verify) the possibility of a spacecraft colliding with an asteroid, taking advantage of movement and speed. So the probe is rotated the same It crashed at Demorphos at 22,500 kilometers per hourOn the other hand, it travels in a direction opposite to the direction of the movement of the asteroid.

The consequences of the collapse are not yet known. Initial estimates of orbital eccentricity and tilt should become apparent and revealed within a week.

collision pictures

So DartMission hopes to demonstrate that kinetic impact is a viable and viable technology to prevent asteroids from hitting Earth. This mission has shown us so much more. In fact, he gave us some Unpublished pictures of Dimorphos and Didymoswhich until recently could not have been imagined.

We are the first humans to see the surface of this world, which throughout history has been just an atom. The surface is unique and gorgeous, with dark jagged rocks rich in compounds and minerals yet to be discovered, with almost no craters but with plains of dust.“, announces scientific communication Adrian Fartad.

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In the NASA video, it is possible to get a complete view of both Didymus and Demorphos. Progressing toward collapse, the probe appears only Dimorphos, getting closer and closer, before reaching Upon impact, which appears to have created a crater with a diameter of about 16 meters. Really wonderful scene.

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