Astonishing scene after NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid

Astonishing scene after NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid, astronomers captured the scene millions of miles away from Earth with a telescope located in Chile.

Astonishing scene after NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid, astronomers captured the scene millions of miles away from Earth with a telescope located in Chile.

Scientists say they will continue to make observations to determine the mass and type of material released from Dimorphos, the asteroid that serves as the moon for a larger asteroid.

Launched nearly 1 year ago, NASA’s Dart spacecraft was completely destroyed after the 9/26 crash.

The $325 million mission was launched to deflect the asteroid’s orbit, to rehearse Earth’s defenses if hit by a space rock.

The asteroid hit by a NASA spacecraft is creating a trail of dust thousands of miles long.

Images taken after the crash showed a comet-like trail of tails, stretching for more than 10,000km, made up of rocks and other materials shot up after NASA’s Dart spacecraft crashed into the asteroid Dimorphos.

Matthew Knight, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Laboratory, said the dust trail is flying faster, mainly due to pressure from solar radiation.

Knight was the observer of the impact on the asteroid after the collision, along with Researcher Teddy Kareta at lowell Observatory.

Why did the NASA DART spacecraft deliberately crash head-on into the asteroid Dimorphos?

Scientists predict the dust trail will get longer and more dispersed, at which point it will disperse to the point where it can no longer be detected.