Next week, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) impact probe, launched as part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, will collide with the asteroid Dimorph to test the possibility of changing the course of space objects potentially dangerous to Earth. This will be monitored by several scientific vehicles at once, including the James Webb and Hubble space telescopes.
The design of the DART probe has a small cubesat satellite that will separate shortly before the impact with the asteroid and will record its consequences. Obviously, NASA felt that this was not enough and it became known that the James Webb and Hubble telescopes, as well as the Lucy probe, designed to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, would monitor the collision.
“This is a unique opportunity and a unique moment to use all the resources we have at our disposal to maximize the data we can collect,” said Nancy Chabot, planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and DART mission coordinator. .
Recall that the DART device was launched into outer space in November 2021. It continues towards the system of two asteroids, Didymus and Dimorph, to crash into one of them. This mission will allow scientists to evaluate the possibility of changing the course of space objects that can pose a danger to our planet. It is expected that the collision of a 550-kilogram apparatus with the asteroid Dimorph at a speed of 24 thousand km / h will occur on September 27 at 02:14 Moscow time. The diameter of the asteroid is 160 meters, and it is the smallest in the system (the diameter of neighboring Didyma is 780 meters).
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