This illustration depicts NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft prior to impact at the Didymos binary asteroid system.DART's target asteroid is the moonlet Dimorphos, which orbits the larger asteroid Didymos; the pair are not a threat to Earth. This asteroid system will be a testing ground to see if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future.The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, manages the DART mission for NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office as a project of the agency's Planetary Missions Program Office. DART is the world's first planetary defense test mission, intentionally executing a kinetic impact into Dimorphos to slightly…
This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows a small section of Osuga Valles.
This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows complex dune forms located on the floor of Russell Crater.
NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of a meteoroid impact that was first detected by the agencys InSight lander using its seismometer. This crater was formed on Aug. 30, 2021.
NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of a meteoroid impact that was later associated with a seismic event detected by the agencys InSight lander using its seismometer. This crater was formed on May 27, 2020.
NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of a meteoroid impact that was first detected by the agencys InSight lander using its seismometer. This crater was formed on Feb. 18, 2021.
These craters were formed by a September 5, 2021, meteoroid impact on Mars, the first to be detected by NASAs InSight.