A boom that could be seen from Earth.
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
This week, NASA scientists watched their spacecraft successfully maneuver to a distant asteroid — and slam itself into the rock’s surface.
Scientists are waiting to see if the spacecraft achieved its goal: throwing the asteroid, Dimorphos, off its orbit around its parent asteroid, Didymos.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
Here are 10 impactful images from DART’s historic mission:
8. As the spacecraft flew in for impact this week, DART cameras captured a first-person perspective of the asteroid pair.
6. The spacecraft recorded its journey all the way to the end.
Les Makes observatory, J. Berthier, F. Vachier / T. Santana-Ros / ESA NEOCC, D. Föhring, E. Petrescu, M. Micheli
1. Though official images from JWST haven’t been released yet, this raw shot of the asteroid pair was uploaded to the telescope’s database from the night of the impact.