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NASA Launches Kamikaze Rocket To Collide With Threatening Asteroid

Added 11-24-21 12:08:02pm EST - “NASA and Elon Musk's aerospace company, SpaceX, launched a test rocket designed to crash into asteroids that may threaten the existence of life on Earth.” - Dailycaller.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailycaller.com: “NASA Launches Kamikaze Rocket To Collide With Threatening Asteroid”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NASA and Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, launched a test rocket designed to crash into asteroids that may threaten the existence of life on Earth.

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a kind of self-guiding spacecraft that seeks out asteroids, was launched early Wednesday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the agency announced Wednesday. After detaching from the Falcon rocket, the DART will fly millions of miles to find a large asteroid and fly directly into it.

“DART is turning science fiction into science fact and is a testament to NASA’s proactivity and innovation for the benefit of all,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in the announcement. “In addition to all the ways NASA studies our universe and our home planet, we’re also working to protect that home, and this test will help prove out one viable way to protect our planet from a hazardous asteroid should one ever be discovered that is headed toward Earth.”

The DART’s target is an asteroid called Dimorphos located in the Didymos asteroid system. The spacecraft is expected to reach the Didymos system between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, 2022, and it will collide with the asteroid at roughly 4 miles per second, NASA announced. (RELATED: Bezos Wants A Moon Landing Contract So Badly He’s Suing NASA To Get One)

Deployment confirmed, @NASA’s DART is on its way to redirect an asteroid pic.twitter.com/UTxkcJFcq0

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