NASA’s Asteroid-Smashing DART Mission Snaps First Look at Its Target

Source: CNet News

“The moonlet Dimorphos is strolling through space with its larger asteroid companion Didymos, minding its own business, blissfully unaware of what’s coming. Meanwhile, NASA’s DART spacecraft is eying Dimorphos like a crouched cat preparing to pounce. On Wednesday, NASA released DART’s first view of its target, a long-distance look at the Didymos system. DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Mission. The spacecraft will fling itself into Dimorphos to try to change its orbit around Didymos. All this effort is in the name of planetary defense and figuring out if hulk-smashing a dangerous asteroid could nudge it away from impacting Earth some day in the future.” (09/08/22)