What happened to the DART mission?
NASA technicians wanted to shorten it by 10 minutes, but the impact at about 22,530 kilometers per hour was a complete success, in fact, its orbit was not shortened by 10 minutes and not by 32 minutes much more than expected, another thing that It was not that he did not know calculated was the enormous amount of material that he ejected, a tail of about 10,000 kilometers long was created.
The tail is practically dust or specks of dust and perhaps some slightly larger fragments, but basically the density is like that of smoke, that's why it was that enormous size and lasted until the 8th, as you can see in the images until October 16 , but later it began to dilute and on November 20, it was already very, very diffuse.
From now on, and once these data are taken, NASA will want to develop technologies and models that describe the best way to divert a space object, other nations will follow suit, such as the European and Chinese space agencies, the latter does not want to be left behind. and prepares a mission to deflect a much smaller asteroid.
The nations that want to be space powers will have to have this technology to be able to save the Earth from the impact of an asteroid in case of risk it is possible that we will be lucky and that in the next century there will be no asteroid that comes on a collision course with the earth , but it is important to have that technology our hand is one more step like ours in our evolution as a technological species.
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