High school students discover that the asteroid that hit a NASA spacecraft is behaving unexpectedly

New data suggests that the asteroid Demorphos is behaving in unexpected ways after colliding with a NASA rocket last year.

Recent observations of the approximately 580-foot (177-meter) wide space rock – published by NASA Intentionally collided with a spaceship On September 26, 2022, as part of the Double Asteroid Reorientation Test (DART) mission – it showed that Demorphos might be stuck in its normally stable orbit around parent asteroid Didymos, according to new world. Dimorphos also appears to decelerate continuously in its orbit for at least a month after the rocket’s impact, contrary to NASA’s expectations.

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