spacecraft moves towards close-up asteroid in artist impression

DART asteroid destruction mission ‘on track for impact’ on Monday, NASA says

NASA is just days away from launching a spacecraft onto an asteroid 11 million miles from Earth.

The agency’s long-awaited double asteroid redirect test (DART) The mission will impact the moonlet asteroid Dimorphos on Monday (September 26), if all goes as planned. The DART mission launched Nov. 23, 2021 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and is now hurtling through deep space to the near-Earth binary asteroid (65803) Didymos and its moon Dimorphos.

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