A spacecraft has lifted off from a base in the United States for a rendezvous with an asteroid to smash the primordial rocky object orbiting the Sun as part of the American space agency's planetary defense strategy for Earth.
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission was launched at 10:21 pm aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Tuesday.
The DART spacecraft is headed towards the asteroid, Didymos, and will impact moonlet Dimorphos to change its orbit.
The journey is expected to culminate in the fall of 2022 when the spacecraft will slam into the asteroid. EFE