DART perfectly on track to smash into an asteroid

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Six nights of observations through two powerful telescopes confirmed that the orbit of double asteroid Didymos is perfectly aligned for NASA’s asteroid-crushing DART spacecraft that will arrive in late September.

The observations, carried out at the beginning of July by the Lowell Discovery Telescope in Arizona and the Magellan Telescope in Chile, previous orbit calculations from 2021 confirmed. The new data comes as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft races towards the pair with plans to crash into the smaller rock called Dimorphos to test a possible technique to create a asteroid who threatens the earth, which Didymos and Dimorphos do not.


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