Astronomers using the NSF’s NOIRLab’s SOAR telescope in Chile captured the vast plume of dust and debris blasted from the surface of the asteroid Dimorphos by NASA’s DART spacecraft when it impacted on Sept.
NASA's $325 million mission last week to intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid to throw it off its course has created a more than 6,000-mile-long trail of debris across space.
An image released Monday shows that after the NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft slammed into the asteroid Dimorphos on Sept.
The SOAR team said these observations will provide insight about the surface of Dimorphos, how much material was ejected by the crash, how fast it was ejected, and the size of the particles ejected. .