DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is a NASA mission to see whether impacting an asteroid with a spacecraft will change its trajectory. This is a very early-stage evaluation of whether and how we can change the trajectory of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The effect of the impact has been impressive.

Approaching Didymos/Dimorphos system
LICIACube against a background of Didymos/Dimorphos. (Photo Ansa)
Image of Dimorphos shortly before impact
Image captured by the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube a few minutes after the intentional collision of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission with its target asteroid, Dimorphos, captured on Sept. 26, 2022.
Credits: ASI/NASA

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