Nasa reveals stunning new photos of spacecraft smashing into asteroid for ‘Earth-saving’ mission

TWO of the most powerful telescopes ever built have revealed their first images of a spacecraft deliberately smashing into an asteroid. The snaps released last week of the collision by Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impactor indicate that the collision looks to have been much greater than expected. Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the moment of impact between the DART spacecraft and an asteroid six million miles from EarthNasa/esa The James Webb Space Telescope also captured views of the unique experimentNasa/esa The world’s telescopes turned their gaze towards the space rock Dimorphos last Monday for a historic test of Earth’s ability to defend itself against a potential life-threatening asteroid in the future. Astronomers rejoiced as DART slammed into its pyramid-sized, rugby ball-shaped target 11million kilometres (6.8million miles) from Earth on Monday night. Images taken by Earth-bound telescopes showed a vast cloud of dust expanding out of Dimorphos – and its big brother Didymos which it orbits – after the spaceship hit. While those images showed matter spraying out over thousands of kilometres, the James Webb and Hubble images “zoom in much closer”, said Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast involved in observations with the ATLAS project. Read…

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Nasa reveals stunning new photos of spacecraft smashing into asteroid for ‘Earth-saving’ mission

Updated: October 3, 2022 — 10:27 am