NASA's DART asteroid impact mission has completely changed the shape of its target

Scientists have discovered that the asteroid targeted in NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) may have been reshaped by the impact. A new investigation into the impact aftermath has revealed that the asteroid, the smaller component of the binary asteroid system, exhibits a loose “rubble pile” structure.

DART collided with the moon Demorphos, which orbits the larger space rock Didymos, on September 26, 2023. The goal of this cosmic attack was to see if a kinetic impact could change the path of an asteroid around a larger body and to verify that this method could be used to shift a rock. spacecraft one day if it falls on a collision course with Earth.

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