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Asteroid about to be blown up

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Well that's the disappointing part - supposedly blew it up to some extent (but wasn't intended to destroy it)...but you could only (from the camera on the rocket's perspective) see it closing in...but, probably for obvious reasons - like the camera and rocket are destroyed -the explosion could not be viewed...so from our perspective, the only thing it proved (so far) is that we could accurately aim at a small target from a long distance away

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I watched it. They nudged it…barely. If you know long enough ahead of time that is all it takes. Something much larger you would need to nudge it quite a bit more. Wonder if they know something?….

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DART22092608.png

 

17 seconds out:

 

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5 seconds

 

DART22092613.png

 

Data won't be available for a few weeks.  The italians apparently had something running parrallell with DART imaging the impact, we won't see that until later this week

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5 hours ago, valentine said:

So, they hit the thing, but what did it actually do ?

The goal was to slightly change its orbit.  They know that they hit it. Now they have to determine if it changed the orbit to the extent that they were trying to achieve.

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5 hours ago, valentine said:

So, they hit the thing, but what did it actually do ?

 

Just watch. Probably cause gas prices to rise at least$.05 a gallon. And forget about buying your own asteroid. 

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