IMPACT SUCCESS! Watch from #DARTMIssion’s DRACO Camera, as the vending machine-sized spacecraft successfully collides with asteroid Dimorphos, which is the size of a football stadium and poses no threat to Earth.
On Monday, September 26, 2022 Nasa’s dart mission will end its 10-month journey and crash into the asteroid Dimorphous now the whole idea with the Dart mission is to test whether we could potentially change the course of an asteroid that was potentially hazardous to earth now thankfully there is no asteroids that we know of that are occurring or a future threat to the earth but if we ever did find ourselves in that situation we’d want to be prepared so that we scramble to try and save the planet in a deep impact style situation on our hands however it did not destroy the comet and there are now two pieces, one six miles wide and the other a mile and a half. Now despite what every Hollywood disaster movie might have you believe, you don’t need to blow up an entire asteroid to remove it’s threat to earth. All you have to do is to nudge it slightly off course and essentially crash a spacecraft into it that will act similarly to a cue ball in a game of pool or snooker transferring all of the energy from the spacecraft to the asteroid usually that are traveling in opposite directions as well so unlike a cue ball essentially you cancel out some of the asteroids motion slowing it down slightly so that as the asteroid is moving and the earth is moving the asteroid gets there just that little bit later and misses the earth.