Breaking news! NASA's DART mission sent the first images from space, far from Earth. See here
Breaking news! NASA's DART mission sent the first images from space, far from Earth. The recently launched mission of NASA, DART mission has already sent to NASA, images from space. According to NASA, the DART mission has opened its "eyes". In any case, what will happen next for the DART mission will be fascinating and most likely in the coming weeks, the cameras on the spaceship will return other and more spectacular images. These NASA images come almost two weeks after launch and have pretty good clarity, at least a little better than expected.
NASA's DART mission was successfully launched on November 24, 2021, despite the expectations of engineers or scientists from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. When the ship was launched, strong and violent vibrations formed at launch. There, NASA engineers were a little scared because they knew that the components of the telescopic instrument were extremely sensitive to movements as small as 5 millionths of a meter.
In addition, the scientists were frightened when the ship reached space and the temperature began to drop. After a while the ship took off and arrived in space, the temperatures dropped to -80 degrees Celsius. Some of the ship's instruments were sensitive to such major changes, but it is good that they resisted and nothing happened.
If you remembered the launch of the ship in the paragraph above, you would say that these images came about 4 weeks after the launch, not two. Yes, they came 4 weeks after the launch, but they were made on December 7, 2021, which is about 2 weeks after the launch. But it took some time before NASA received them and then revealed them. On December 7, 2021, the ship opened its circular door, which covered the opening of its DRACO telescopic camera, according to NASA. After this opening, the ship's instrument was ready to take the first pictures. And of course, he did them when he was approx. 2 million miles from Earth. And that means a short distance in light seconds: it was only 11 seconds light from Earth.
In the images that DART sent to NASA, you can see the intersection of the constellations Perseus, Aries and Taurus, and around them and in the background you can see stars. The DART navigation team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California welcomes these images.
According to the team, these images can be used in various ways uitle for the ship.
They said that through these images, they can find out in which direction the spacecraft is or how the spacecraft's instrument is oriented relative to the spacecraft.
They can help a lot with the stars in the pictures and through that they can change, calibrate or straighten the ship a little to go in the right direction.
Another image from December 10, 2021, received by NASA shows the M38 object, also called Starfish Cluster.
The object has many stars seen around it from a distance, so this image helps the team even more.
We remind you that the ship must be heading towards the Didymos binary asteroid system.
The DRACO (Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical Navigation), the camera instrument that captured these images, is inspired by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which has much in common. New Horizons was a NASA spacecraft that returned the first images of Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects. This instrument of the ship will capture Didymos and its lunar asteroid Dimorphos, as well as the final impact.
NASA has launched this spacecraft (DART) for planetary defense missions.
The ship should have a final impact with the asteroid Dimorphos, according to the plan, where on September 26, 2022, so we are still waiting.
This mission is the first planetary defense mission with an imapct dierct in an asteroid, to prove that humanity is unable to defend itself if an extremely dangerous setroid would be a major threat to the asteroid. This asteroid is indeed a potential danger, but not so great as to scare us, it has a chance to go to Earth and even pass close to it ..., but we should be calm.
The first impact that the NASA spacecraft will make will deviate it a little from where you are at the moment, even if only a little, but it is enough to make it pass over Earth at an extremely great distance.
We wish success to NASA and the JPL team, as well as to all those who study and monitor the spacecraft and its asteroid and satellite.
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 23 December 2021, at 01:32 am Los Angeles time
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