After completing the NASA’s DART mission in which a probe collided with the Dimorphic asteroid on September 26, NASA has distributed different images from the Hubble and Webb telescopes in which the moments before the crash are seen. For the first time, the aerospace agency has managed to impact an artificial satellite against a celestial body that was 11 million light years away and at a speed of 6.6 kilometers per second. In the video that accompanies the news you can see the images before the collision. In blue are the frames from the Hubble telescope and in red those captured by the Webb telescope before crashing into the asteroid on September 29, according to NASA sources. “It is the first attempt to stop a possible threat against humanity like the one that extinguished the dinosaurs”, explained the coordinator of the DART Mission, Nancy Chabot, who has confirmed that 95% of the celestial bodies observed will not be a threat to the earth in the near future.
It is the first attempt to stop a possible threat against humanity like the one that extinguished the dinosaurs”
Nancy Chabot, DART Mission Coordinator
Although it is still early to know if NASA has managed to divert the course of the asteroid or stop it, what has been successful is that it has managed to hit a satellite 11 million light years away and at a speed of 6.6 kilometers per second. If the celestial body has been diverted, it is something that the world’s observatories will reveal in the near future. For now, the Hubble and Webb telescopes offer the latest images prior to the completion of NASA’s DART Mission.