NASA mission to smash an asteroid spying on Jupiter (photos)

NASA’s DART asteroid mission captured an image of Jupiter and its four large moons to test the autonomous navigation system that will lead the spacecraft to an asteroid collision next week.

The photo, released by NASA on Tuesday (September 20), was actually taken during the summer, when Arrow It was about 16 million miles (26 million km) away from a land And cruising towards its target, the binary asteroid system Didymus and dimorphos. DART factors have been used Jupiter and its four Galilean satellites to check how close objects appear to each other for the DRACO camera, DART’s only instrument and the heart of DART’s Small-body Maneuvering Autonomous Real Time Navigation (SMART Nav) system.