NASA Spacecraft Accomplishes Mission and Smashes Asteroid Into New OrbitClick for this Resource!
NASA took aim at an asteroid last month, and on Tuesday, the space agency announced that its planned 14,000-mile-per-hour collision with an object named Dimorphos made even more of a bull’s-eye shot than expected.
That winning strike was the first of its kind. “We conducted humanity’s first planetary defense test,” said Bill Nelson, the administrator of NASA, during a news conference, “and we showed the world that NASA is serious as a defender of this planet.”
Image above: An image captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on Oct. 8 showed a tail of debris blasted from the surface of Dimorphos 285 hours after the collision with the DART spacecraft.Credit…NASA/ESA/STScI/Hubble