Monday, September 26, 2022

down the pipe

Watched the NASA spacecraft smack an asteroid.

Rhonda reminded me of the impending demonstration mission. 

I searched around a bit to find a live feed. Successfully tuned in about 15 minutes before the planned impact. Pretty neat.

before the collision

The image shows the rocky moonlet asteroid Dimorphos seconds before impact with a picture-in-picture of mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission is the first planetary defense test to gauge the effectiveness of crashing a rapidly moving object into a potential Earth-bound asteroid so to divert it.

Intriguing aspect: waiting for the loss of signal (LOS) to know of mission success!


Ha ha. As I was searching Google for DART info, I noted their animated collision effect.

web page askew


1 comment:

Sis said...

Steve told me about this event