Asteroid is exactly where scientists hoped

NASA confirmed by 6-night observation from two powerful telescopes that the asteroid Didymos is perfectly aligned

NASA's asteroid-smashing DART spacecraft arriving in late September

Observations were made before July by Lowell Discovery Telescope in Arizona and Magellan Telescope in Chile

New data comes in the form of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

The measurements the team made in early 2021 were instrumental in making sure DART got to the right place

The right time for its kinetic impact into Dimorphos

Andy Rivkin, co-leader of the DART research team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland

He made a statement "Confirming those measurements with new observations shows us that we don't need any course changes and we're already right on target."

Didymos and its moon Dimorphos will make their closest approach to Earth in years in late September

Dimorphos in an attempt to alter its 0.5-mile-wide (780 m) orbit around Didymos

First attempt to alter an asteroid's orbit could pave the way for future planetary defense missions if an asteroid ever threatens Earth