NASA confirmed this Tuesday that its DART spacecraft impacted against the surface of the asteroid Dimorphos, located about 11 million kilometers from Earth. managed to turn its trajectoryAs was his goal.
US Space Agency administrator Bill Nelson has pointed out that, before the impact, Dimorphos It took 11 hours 55 minutes to orbit another asteroid A larger one called Didymos, with which it forms what is known as a double asteroid system.
ship managed reduce that class in 32 minutes, Nelson congratulated himself on the success of that September’s planetary defense mission, saying, “It would be a success if it only slowed down by 10 minutes, but actually slowed it down to 32.”
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