Why NASA's risky effort to reroute an asteroid shocked the organization's own scientists

Earth retaliated after being battered by asteroids for billions of years. NASA successfully tested a method to divert a potentially dangerous asteroid 

from colliding with Earth by ramming a spaceship into the 500-foot-wide asteroid Dimorphos, which orbits the much bigger asteroid Didymos.

Dimorphos' orbit was compressed by 32 minutes as a result of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which did not just push it into a slightly tighter route as was anticipated.

Additionally, it transformed Dimorphos into a comet-like object, giving it a 6,000-mile-long tail of dust and debris.

According to John O'Meara, head scientist at the Keck Observatory, where astronomers recently witnessed the post-impact debris stream,

"I don't believe most individuals anticipated them to bomb it to hell as much as they did. "I assume a debris pile de-piles when you beat it up."

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