NASA’s DART Asteroid Mission Could Completely Deform Small Moon

A new simulation from NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission suggests that rather than leaving a crater behind, the DART impactor could severely deform the small asteroid it will collide with.

from NASA Double asteroid redirection test is an ambitious mission that will test the feasibility of using a “kinetic impactor” to deflect an asteroid towards Earth. (“Kinetic impact” in this case means hitting a spacecraft on rock.) DART launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in November 2021 and is scheduled to reach its target, the near-Earth binary asteroid Didymos and its moon, Dimorphos, in September.

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