DART Impact Space View : DART Mission Coalition View From Space Stunning Photo Taken By Cube Satellite By Italian Space Agency
The Italian Space Agency’s Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids (LICIACube) is as big as a briefcase. It was launched from the Dart spacecraft on 11 September and was traveling back and forth to record the event from a safe distance of about 55 km. Three minutes after the Dart collision, the CubeSat passed close to Dimorphos and recorded its images and videos. Dimorphos orbits the Didymos asteroid larger than itself.
shiny substance ejected from an asteroid
In the CubeSat images, it can be seen that after the collision, bright material is coming out from the surface of Dimorphos. Didymos can be seen in its background. Argotec Space, the Italian company that makes CubeSats for the Italian Space Agency, wrote in a tweet, ‘These are the pictures of the world’s first planetary defense mission captured by LICIACube. This is where the NASA Dart mission collided. A wonderful moment, the beginning of new discoveries.’
Estimation of a pit of 33 to 65 feet
The mission team is curious to know how large a crater has formed on the asteroid after the impact of Dart. Scientists estimate that the crater could be 33 to 65 feet in which there could be many pieces of spacecraft. Researchers will determine the success of the mission by studying changes in the orbit of Dimorphos around Didymos. Before this collision, it took Dimorphos 11 hours 55 minutes to circle 780 meters wide Didymos. If the mission is successful then this time can be reduced by a few minutes.