NASA launches first planetary defense mission, double asteroid redirection test ‘DART’

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is the world’s first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards and reminiscent of the blockbuster movie “Armageddon.” It launched Wednesday at 1:21 a.m. on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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