See the first images from space of the historic moment of the collision of a NASA spacecraft with an asteroid

NASA has completed its first-ever “planetary defense” test, in which its DART spacecraft deliberately crashed into an asteroid hovering millions of miles from Earth in an attempt to alter its course.

According to the “RT” website, the US space agency said that it had scored a direct hit, but it is still waiting for data from the experiment, as the space mission the object located 11 million kilometers from Earth against ‘ hit a speed of more. up to 14,000 miles per hour.

collision with a space rock

And during its mission, a small, microwave-sized spacecraft belonging to the Italian Space Agency called the Light Italian Asteroid Imaging CubeSat, or LiciaCube for short, captured this historic moment in all its chaotic glory.

More than 24 hours after the historic DART mission, the Italian Space Agency began sharing some images of the asteroid impact, first at a press conference, then on social media.

In a tweet on Tuesday, September 27, the Italian Space Agency shared for the first time a short animation showing the scene before and after the collision with the asteroid Dimorphos, which is the smaller and fainter of the two gray objects in the image is.

space rock
space rock

Demophos suddenly appears brighter when the Dart spacecraft hits it at 14,400 miles per hour. The largest object is Didymos, the largest companion asteroid to Demorphos.

“Pre- and post-impact image. You can see the flash of the Dart effect,” the Italian agency said in its tweet on Twitter, citing Elisabetta Dotto, science team leader at the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics.

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And in a second tweet, shared by the Italian Space Agency, the direction of the image changes, with “Demorphos” seen in the upper left part of the image, eclipsed in a bright flash, with Didymus creating the effect right of the center of the frame.

“In the foreground we see the central body Didymus, and at the top Demorphos is completely covered with debris from the collision,” said the agency’s dr. Quoted Dotto in a tweet on Twitter.

collision image
collision image

The Liciacube spacecraft captured the images just as Dart hit the asteroid Demorphos, but had to wait until the Deep Space Network, the global network of radio antennas used to communicate with spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, could start downloading the images .

And there may be more pictures to come from Liciacube. There will also be more images from other telescopes.

Countless ground-based telescopes focused on Demophos at 7:14 p.m. EDT Monday, the moment the Dart spacecraft made its impact with the space rock.



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