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These are the photos of NASA crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid

Photos of the collision were taken by the crew aboard the Double Asteroid Redirection Test. Image: Unsplash/Bryan Goff

David Barnhart

Professor of Astronautics, University of Southern California

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This image of the moonlet Dimorphos was taken 11 seconds before the DART spacecraft crashed into the asteroid.
This image of the moonlet Dimorphos was taken 11 seconds before the DART spacecraft crashed into the asteroid. Image: The Conversation.
This photo shows the textured and rock-strewn surface of Dimorphos and was taken two seconds before DART crashed into the surface.
This photo shows the textured and rock-strewn surface of Dimorphos and was taken two seconds before DART crashed into the surface. Image: The Conversation.
The final image from DART, taken one second before impact, was not able to fully transmit back to Earth.
The final image from DART, taken one second before impact, was not able to fully transmit back to Earth. Image: The Conversation.

The force from DART’s impact should slightly shift the orbit of Dimorphos around Didymos.
The force from DART’s impact should slightly shift the orbit of Dimorphos around Didymos. Image: The Conversation.

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