Hubble Space Telescope captured ‘movie’ of spacecraft slamming into asteroid.
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When a NASA spacecraft intentionally crashed into an asteroid on September 26, the collision caused the space rock to release a cometlike tail.
An array of telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, were perfectly positioned to capture the DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, mission and its aftermath, which continues to surprise astronomers five months later.
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Hubble’s “movie” stitches together images taken during a period that started more than an hour before the collision and ended October 8.
In the clip, released by NASA on Wednesday, debris can be seen flying away from the asteroid.
Rotating pinwheel-shaped features become visible once the asteroid’s orbit distorts the original cone shape of the debris.
Foreign [Music] Space Telescope Captured movie of Spacecraft slamming into asteroid sign Up for CNN's Wonder Theory science Newsletter explore the universe with News on fascinating discoveries Scientific advancements and more when a NASA spacecraft intentionally crashed Into an asteroid on September 26th the Collision caused the space Rock to Release a comet like tale an array of Telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope were perfectly positioned to Capture the dart or double asteroid Redirection test mission and its Aftermath which continues to surprise Astronomers five months later to stay up To date with latest top stories make Sure to subscribe to this YouTube Channel by clicking the button above This video Hubble's movie Stitches Together images taken during a period That started more than an hour before The collision and ended October 8. in The clip released by NASA on Wednesday Debris can be seen flying away from the Asteroid rotating pinwheel shaped Features become visible once the Asteroids orbit distorts the original Cone shape of the debris the dart space Craft weighing about 1 200 pounds 544 Kilograms slammed head on into the Asteroid dimorphos at 13 000 miles per
Hour twenty thousand nine hundred twenty One kilometers per hour in an attempt to Change the space Rock's velocity it was The first time humanity has attempted to Change the movement of a celestial Object and the results show how this Kinetic impact technology could be used To deflect asteroids that may ever Appear to be on a collision course with Earth neither dimorphos nor the larger Asteroid it orbits name to demos pose a Threat to Earth the dart impact was Successful changing dimorphos orbital Period around the demos by 33 minutes According to one of five new studies Published Wednesday in the journal Nature that describe the aftermath of The event the Hubble Space Telescope Watched debris blast into space and Eventually twist into a tail behind the Asteroid the Hubble clip reveals how the Collision turned amorphos into an active Asteroid a space rock that orbits like An asteroid but has a tale of material Like a com it according to NASA the Initial impact which obliterated the Dart spacecraft sprayed over one Thousand tons of dust and rock off the Asteroid and sent it hurtling into space The debris sprayed away from the Asteroid in the shape of a cone which Became Twisted by the asteroid's orbit As it circled the demos then the debris Formed a comet-like tail that streamed
Behind amorphos unexpectedly the tail Split into two just a few weeks after The impact the dart impact happened in a Binary asteroid system we've never Witnessed an object collide with an Asteroid in a binary asteroid system Before in real time and it's really Surprising I think it's fantastic too Much stuff is going on here it's going To take some time to figure out said Jian Yang Lee of the planetary Science Institute in Tucson Arizona and Lead Author of one of the new nature studies In a statement this is really unique for This particular incidentally said when I First saw these images I couldn't Believe these features I thought maybe The image was smeared or something one Of the contributing fact doctors to Dart's success was The Recoil generated When material blasted off of the Asteroid into space the spacecraft's Impact alone wouldn't have generated the Momentum change that dimorphos Experienced according to the researchers To serve as a proof of concept for the Kinetic impactor technique of planetary Defense Dart needed to demonstrate that An asteroid could be targeted during a High-speed encounter and that the Target's orbit could be changed darta Successfully done both the authors wrote In the study researchers from the city Institute and citizen scientists
Participating in the unistolar telescope Network also observed the dart impact And watched as the binary asteroid System brightens Suddenly by a factor of 10 The Observers published their results In a nature paper on Wednesday although There is no known current asteroid Threat to Earth the new nature studies Show that missions like dard are capable Of protecting our planet from space Rocks I cheered when dartslam head on Into the asteroid for the world's first Planetary defense technology Demonstration and that was just the Start said Nikola Fox associate Administrator for the science Mission Directorate at Nasa in a statement these Findings add to our fundamental Understanding of asteroids and build a Foundation for how Humanity can defend Earth from a potentially hazardous Asteroid by altering its course Foreign [Music]