Asteroid that collided with NASA spacecraft is behaving unexpectedly, highschool class discovers


The asteroid Dimorphos is behaving in surprising methods after being hit with a NASA rocket final yr, new information recommend.

Current observations of the roughly 580-foot-wide (177 meters) house rock — which NASA deliberately crashed a spaceship into on Sept. 26, 2022, as a part of the Double Asteroid Redirection Check (DART) mission — present that Dimorphos could also be tumbling in its usually regular orbit round its mother or father asteroid Didymos, in keeping with New Scientist. Dimorphos additionally seemed to be repeatedly slowing down in its orbit for not less than a month after the rocket impression, opposite to NASA’s predictions.


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