Hubble captures movie of DART asteroid impact debris

In 2022 NASA embarked on a bold experiment to see if they could change an asteroid’s velocity by smacking it with a ballistic probe — kind of like hitting it with a hammer. This experiment was to test a potential technique to someday deflect an asteroid on a collision course to Earth. Perhaps, for the first time in the history of the universe, an intelligent planetary species sought ways to avoid its own potential extinction by threats from outer space (something the dinosaurs, who were wiped out 65 million years ago by a rogue asteroid, never evolved to accomplish).