UNPRECEDENTED! NASA spacecraft collides with asteroid on DART mission; Watch the video
Finally, almost a year after launch, NASA\’s DART mission spacecraft finally collided with the asteroid Dimorphos on Monday night (26), while flying at 22,500 km / h. Olhar Digital broadcast the collision live; check out.
Although the explosion of a ship seems like an accident, this time the act was intentional.
The reason: special defense. NASA wanted to test Earth\’s ability to deal with threats should one day a dangerous asteroid collide with Earth.
More concrete data on the collision should come out in the coming weeks.
“We are changing the motion of a natural celestial body in space. Humanity has never done this before,” said Tom Statler, NASA\’s DART program scientist.
“This is stuff from sci-fi books and really corny \’Star Trek\’ episodes from when I was a kid, and now it\’s real.”