Scientists have recently released the observations made during the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

 

About the DART Mission

  • NASA’s DART mission was a spacecraft designed to test a method of deflecting an asteroid for planetary defence, using the “kinetic impactor” technique (in simplest terms means smashing a thing into another thing).
  • DART was the first-ever space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor.
  • The target of the spacecraft was a 160-meter-wide asteroid known as¬†Dimorphos, which is a moonlet in orbit around the larger asteroid,¬†Didymos.
  • It was launched in November 2021.
  • DART spacecraft successfully collided with Dimorphos on 26 September 2022, altering the asteroid’s orbit by 33 minutes.
  • It is the first time humanity intentionally changed the motion of a celestial object in space.