Footage of moments before the NASA spacecraft crashes into the asteroid. Photo/nasa
The test was carried out to change the path of the asteroid so that it would not harm the earth. NASA says its spacecraft made a head-on collision, but is still waiting for data from the experiment.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft made an impact on the asteroid Dimorphos on Monday (26/9/2022).
DART collided with an 11 billion pound, 520 foot long object at a speed of about 14,000 miles per hour.
NASA said the spacecraft missed the asteroid’s center by just 55 feet, with the moment of impact captured on video by a camera mounted on the craft.
“It has successfully completed the first part of the world’s first planetary defense test. There’s been a lot of hard work over the years, there’s a lot of innovation and creativity that went into this mission,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
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He added, “I believe it will teach us how, someday, to protect our own planet from incoming asteroid strikes.”
“While the space agency can confirm the impact, it could take up to several months before the full effects of the experiment are known,” said NASA mission systems engineer Elena Adams.