SpaceX launching NASA DART spacecraft to crash into an asteroid


NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft is put in the nosecone of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for launch.

Ed Whitma / Johns Hopkins APL / NASA

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to launch a first-of-its-kind planetary defense mission for NASA in the early hours of Wednesday morning, sending the spacecraft on its way to intentionally crash into an asteroid.

“We’re smashing into an asteroid,” NASA’s Launch Services Program senior launch director Omar Baez said during a press conference. “I can’t believe we’re doing that”

Known as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (or DART) mission, the space agency is trying to learn “how to deflect a threat that would come” toward…


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