NASA probe set to smash into asteroid this month in historic planetary defense test

In two weeks, NASA will usher in a new era for the solar system.

The milestone comes courtesy of the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which was launched last fall. On September 26, DART will crash headfirst into a small asteroid, the rare case where destroying a spacecraft is the desired outcome. The mission is in the name of planetary defense, which seeks to protect Earth any potential asteroid impact; scientists hope it should be dangerous asteroid threaten the planet in the future, a mission like DART could avert catastrophe.

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