Hubble Views Aftermath of DART Impact

  • Released Thursday, September 29, 2022

The DART mission will deploy a kinetic impactor to smack the small moon Dimorphos of the asteroid Didymos on the evening of Sept. 26. This is an on-orbit demonstration of asteroid deflection, a key test of NASA's kinetic impactor technology, designed to impact an asteroid to adjust its speed and path.

This particular asteroid moon is NOT a threat to Earth, but is technology being explored to use for when we DO find a potentially hazardous asteroid.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured these extraordinary views of the asteroid moon soon after the successful impact.

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Music & Sound
“The Beauty Beyond” by Jeremy Noel William Abbott [PRS] and Vasco [PRS] via Freshworx Music Limited [PRS] and Universal Production Music

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This page was originally published on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:43 AM EDT.


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