The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impactor hit its target, the space rock Dimorphos, at 7:14 pm Eastern Time (2314 GMT), 10 months after blasting off from California on its pioneering mission.
Full article, HERE from Science Alert!
I don’t care who you are, you have to be impressed with the fact that DART worked! 7 million miles later, a center mass hit on a 530 foot asteroid is considerably less than one minute of angle (by at least probably five or six decimal points)… And it was on time and on the money!!!
The next question will be did it actually give enough oomph to change the orbit? I don’t think we’re going to have that answer for a while, but we can truly say we are living in the future!!!
Hollywood has talked about it, but now it has actually been done! Kudos to the scientists and engineers that pulled this off!