NASA’s DART asteroid launched two million pounds of rocks into space

The massive tail from the collision of a spacecraft and an asteroid earlier this year opens up key information about space rocks – and how to manage any rock that might one day threaten Earth.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (ArrowThe mission crashed into a small space rock called Dimorphos in late September in preparation for the possibility that humans might one day want a distraction. asteroid on a collision course with Land. Within weeks of the impact, the DART team announced that the impact shaved 32 minutes of Dimorphos’ orbit around its larger companion, Didymus — in the high range of the team’s pre-launch estimates. Scientists are now sharing additional findings about the impact during the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference, which is being held this week in Chicago and online.

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