NASA's DART mission reshaped asteroid moonlet Dimorphos

Livescience.com February 29, 2024, 12:00 PM UTC

Summary: NASA's DART mission successfully reduced the time it takes the moonlet Dimorphos to orbit its larger asteroid companion by 33 minutes. New research shows the impact may have reshaped Dimorphos, ejecting 0.5-1% of its mass and redistributing 8%. The findings will inform future asteroid exploration and collision mitigation strategies. The study was published in Nature Astronomy. The team plans to validate their models with data from the upcoming ESA Hera mission.

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