DART Spacecraft Altered Orbital Path Of The Asteroid Confirms NASAThangaraja Palaniappan (Author) Published Date : Oct 12, 2022 18:29 IST
DART spacecraft, sent by NASA, has successfully deflected an asteroid coming to hit the Earth and created a historical record.
NASA said a meteorite called Dimorphos (minor-planet moon of the near-Earth asteroid 65803 Didymos) was about to hit Earth. At this point, NASA sent the Dart spacecraft to divert the asteroid. On the 27th of last month, the DART spacecraft hit the asteroid precisely. With this, NASA was waiting for an answer as to whether the meteorite had changed direction as expected.
At this point, NASA officially announced that the meteorite had correctly deflected. The DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft is a test program. Now, following the success of this experiment, NASA has demonstrated that it is possible to redirect asteroids coming towards Earth in the future.
NASA's Chief Scientist Bill Nelson says, "NASA has announced that an asteroid considered dangerous to Earth has been successfully deflected. The spacecraft's orbital period of 11 hours and 55 minutes has been shortened to 11 hours and 23 minutes after the collision.
This successfully changed the orbit of the meteorite by 32 minutes. Due to this, the danger caused by the meteorite to the Earth has been avoided. With this, we have shown that NASA is the guardian of this Earth," he said