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Hubble telescope spies a cloud of space rocks from the DART effect (photos)

Hubble telescope spies a cloud of space rocks from the DART effect (photos)

Thanks to some amazing Hubble Space Telescope observations, scientists are still amazed by NASA’s DART mission — this time in the form of a swarm of rocks that appear to have been freed from the target asteroid upon impact.

In September of last year, NASA launched a mission that on its surface might seem to contradict everything we know about space exploration. The agency launched a spacecraft directly at an asteroid. did not survive. But this metallic adventurer, called DART, which stands for Double Asteroid Redirect Test, had a very important purpose: It was NASA’s first step in developing an ambitious planetary defense system.