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Wow! James Webb, Hubble telescopes to snap NASA's 500kg DART craft crashing into asteroid

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NASA is all set to make an attempt to deflect an asteroid via the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) on September 26. The process would involve crashing a 500kg spacecraft into binary asteroid 65803 Didymos' moonlet Dimorphous to change its trajectory.

And the historic moment will be captured by James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope. The powerful telescopes that are already exploring the space will capture this live view of the moment of impact as NASA will turn them towards the DART impact that will take place at 7:14 p.m.

EDT (2314 GMT). As per the report, DART will arrive at Didymos in September and will crash into Dimorphous at about 15,000 miles per hour.

However, scientists are not sure about how good these space-based observations will turn out. Nancy Chabot, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the coordination lead for DART said, "Let me just stress here, this is not what JWST is designed to do; this is a challenging measurement for them." Nasa shared that Dimorphos is much closer and moves much faster than the distant galaxies that JWST is designed for.

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