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On the night of Monday September 26 to Tuesday September 27, a probe from the Nasa intentionally crashed into the asteroid Dimorphos, in order to divert its trajectory. An operation carried out as part of the mission dart of the Nasa. It will be necessary to wait a few days to know if the trajectory has indeed been deviated.
To 1h14on the night of Monday September 26 to Tuesday September 27, the first images of the asteroid Dimorphos appeared on the screens of the Nasa. The mission probe dart was then hurtling towards him at 20,000 km/h. The transmission on the screens was then cut off, proof that the probe dart did indeed crash into the asteroid, as the Nasa. American and European engineers gave vent to their joy.
From Earth, telescopes filmed the scene, which took place 11 million kilometers away. This impact is the culmination of a chase that lasted ten months. dart was launched in November 2021. The probe came to cut the road of the asteroid to jostle it, and do we hopemodify its trajectory. This defense exercise is used to test our ability to intervene if a celestial body were to threaten our planet. We will know in a few days if the trajectory of the asteroid has indeed been modified.