NASA Spacecraft Deliberately Collides with Asteroid: It’s a Successful Mission
NASA’s ongoing DART mission, which stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test is the first to purposely change the motion of a body present in our solar system. There will be a measurable change henceforth.
The main event: Collision occurs
This major event happened on September 26, 2022, at 11.15 pm UTC. The NASA spacecraft hit an asteroid namely Di morphos at that moment.
The DART mission by NASA – hard work, efforts, patience, and the success
The DART mission is set to provide the first test of the technique which can be executed in the future. This will assist in redirecting asteroids that are detected on a collision course with Earth. This event of the collision was live-streamed online.
The DART mission dates back to 24th November 2021. The mission was successful. This would definitely be an inspiration to future missions for target asteroid collisions. We may be able to deflect asteroids approaching the Earth’s vicinity before causing any potential harm.
This event will be written in the minds of space enthusiasts and experts internationally. The DART mission was lauded for the efforts and hard work put in. This was the first ever planetary defense test by NASA which was put to test and led to a huge success. It took 10 months or more to attain this success. It led to final learning that the Earth can be saved from asteroids if any approach in the near future. What felt like a Hollywood blockbuster was a real-life event and an important part of science and space history.