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Before colliding with asteroid, NASA DART captures Jupiter and its 4 moons

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NASA is all set to test its planetary defence with the help of DART Mission on September 26, 2022. Before the event, NASA has informed that the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) imager or camera has captured a picture of Planet Jupiter and its four largest moons. "Taking the scenic route.

As our #DARTMission cruises towards its intentional impact with Dimorphos, an asteroid moonlet which poses no threat to Earth, the spacecraft's imager has captured a picture of Jupiter and its four largest moons," NASA tweeted.It can be known that NASA's DART spacecraft will encounter the binary asteroid Didymos on September 26.

Giving further insights NASA informed that the spacecraft's imager — the Didymos Reconnaissance and Asteroid Camera for Optical navigation, or DRACO — has snapped thousands of pictures of stars.

The pictures give the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) team leading the mission for NASA the data necessary to support ongoing spacecraft testing and rehearsals in preparation for the spacecraft's kinetic impact into Dimorphos, the moon of Didymos.As the only instrument on DART, DRACO will capture images of Didymos and Dimorphos; it will also support the spacecraft's autonomous guidance system — the Small-body Maneuvering Autonomous Real Time Navigation (SMART Nav) — to guide DART to impact.As per the information provided by NASA, on July 1 and August 2 the mission operations team pointed the DRACO imager to Jupiter to test the SMART Nav system.

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