We already have three awe-inspiring videos of the event, which took place last night.
The asteroid Dimorphos was hit by the Double Asteroid Redirection Test at 7:14pm. On Monday, we will attempt to change an asteroid's trajectory.
DART recorded and beamed back its final moments with the help of the Didymos and Asteroid Camera for Optical navigation. DART's camera feed showed the asteroid's landscape to be strewn with sharp, shadowy rocks.
What happened when the asteroid hit?
We knew that we were going to make a difference. The asteroid was in the field of view. At a news conference after the event, Elena Adams said that they had no idea what to expect. We were all holding our breaths.
The recording comes to an end. The Dimorphos was hit just 56 feet from its center by DART. The mission scientists at the APL cheered at mission control.
The first planetary defense test was a success according to Adams. Earthlings should be sleeping better. I will definitely.
Two more videos were taken of the crash. The Hawaiian Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System and one of Las Cumbres Observatory both captured videos of the impact.
The impact will be studied with other telescopes. The agency's telescopes will be trained to study the impact's aftermath. Scientists will be able to understand how much force is required to divert an asteroid.
Closer to the space rock, scientists will get a better picture of the impact's aftermath by using the Italian space agency's LICIA Cubesat. LICIACube will send photos back to Earth of how the asteroid's trajectory has been changed and how the collision caused material to be thrown out.
The European Space Agency's Hera mission will arrive at Didymos and Dimorphos in 2026 to study the long-term effects of the crash.
The impact was a "game-changing" first demonstration of humankind's ability to protect itself from future asteroid threats, according to the director of the APL.
Losing signal from a spaceship is a very bad thing He said at the news conference that it was the perfect outcome.
It was originally published on Live Science