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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the DART spacecraft on Tuesday night from California, on a mission that seeks to neutralize the threat of an asteroid heading towards Earth.

NASA is engaged in an experimental and defensive mission, aimed at protecting Earth from a small moon and its asteroid.

The Dart was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket owned by SpaceX.

According to the Science Alert website, the spacecraft will head towards a pair of asteroids, one of which is a small moon called Demorphos, and the other is an asteroid called Didymos. According to Sky News.

The source explained that the small moon is about the size of a football field, and Dart is expected to reach it in September 2022.

“We’re going to hit it hard, but we’re going to hit it with a very small vehicle,” Ed Reynolds, director of the DART project at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said at a news conference on Monday.

Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, said: “This is a test. We don’t want to be in a situation where an asteroid is heading towards Earth and then we have to test that kind of ability.”

If the mission succeeds, DART will prove that technology can alter dangerous asteroids’ paths.


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