BLUFOn Tuesday, 27 September, NASA crashed its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphos, some 9.6 million kilometres from Earth, intending to try to change the asteroid's path.
This article by Shiloh Payne, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- Two of NASA's space telescopes—James Webb and Hubble—have captured views of the DART spacecraft intentionally smashing into an asteroid.
- The mission intended to trial technology that may protect Earth from potential asteroid collisions.
- It's the first time the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope simultaneously observed the same celestial target.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 How a Canberra space station played an essential role in NASA's DART asteroid mission—ABC News
- OCT 2022 ALL BLOWN UP Nasa reveals stunning new photos of spacecraft smashing into asteroid for ‘Earth-saving’ mission—The Sun