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The Spacecraft Sent to Crash Into an Asteroid Just Returned Its Very First Images

Interesting Engineering

Dec 27, 2021

Last month, NASA sent the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) into space whose goal is to send a spacecraft traveling at a speed of 15,000 miles per hour (24,000 kph) into an asteroid, called Dimorphos, next year sometime between September 26 and October 1.

The DART mission’s objective is to determine the feasibility of a method designed to alter an asteroid’s trajectory. Now, just two weeks after its launch, DART has sent back its very first images.

To take these pictures the spacecraft used its DRACO telescopic camera.

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