Nasa deflected the trajectory of the asteroid Dimorphos by hitting it, a historic success for planetary defense
Author: Clark Tos
NASA announced on Tuesday, October 11 that it had successfully deflected the trajectory of an asteroid. A historic test for the defense of our planet.
This is a major step forward in the history of mankind!
For the very first time, the trajectory of a asteroid was deflected by the impact of a NASA machine launched at full speed on the celestial body.
This event constitutes a watershed moment for planetary defense announced the head of the American space agency Bill Nelson.
Photo credit: screenshot / @NASA
A NASA spacecraft manages to deflect the trajectory of the asteroid Dimorphos by hitting it
Remember, at the end of September the vessel of the mission Dart had thus struck the asteroid Dimorphos, which is the satellite of an even larger asteroid, known as Didymos, with the aim of deflecting its trajectory.
No, you are not dreaming, this is real. Here is the video of the impact of the DART probe with the asteroid Dimorphos. We are 11 million km from the Earth, it goes to 24000 km / h. The last 5 minutes 30 are condensed into 39 seconds. ©NASA/JHU pic.twitter.com/Q7djh1OxYL— Eric Lagadec (@EricLagadec) September 27, 2022
This unprecedented test was therefore a success because the device of the Naa managed to move the asteroid by reducing its orbit by 32 minutes. A success that went beyond expectations.
Indeed, the test would have already been “ considered a huge success if it had only reduced the orbit by about 10 minutes “, explained Bill Nelson during a press conference. With this mission, Nasa has proven that we are serious as defenders of the planet “added the interested party.
Bullseye! @NASA 's #DARTMission successfully changed the targeted asteroid’s trajectory—and its orbit by 32 minutes.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) October 11, 2022
This watershed moment for planetary defense is thanks to our exceptional team and international partners. https://t.co/8gJluMES9B
As a reminder, the asteroid Dimorphos is about 160 meters in diameter and was about 11 million kilometers from Earth at the time of impact.Source: AFP