SpaceX Begins Mission To Crash NASA Spaceship Into An Asteroid

SpaceX Begins Mission To Crash NASA Spaceship Into An Asteroid


Early on Wednesday morning, Elon Musk’s SpaceX began executing a NASA mission to fire a rocket into an asteroid.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test will determine whether colliding a rocket into a space object can change its trajectory, thereby protecting Earth from serious impacts.

Liftoff! pic.twitter.com/Kx5n6TwriC

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 24, 2021

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The New York Times explained:

NASA is crashing DART into an asteroid to test, for the first time, a method of planetary defense that could one day save a city, or maybe the whole planet, from a catastrophic asteroid impact…

If all goes as planned with DART, NASA will have a confirmed weapon in its planetary defense arsenal. Should a different asteroid ever wind up on a collision course with Earth, the world’s space agencies would have confidence that

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