Hawthorne-based SpaceX launches NASA asteroid-defense mission from Vandenberg

Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a NASA planetary-defense mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc late Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on schedule at 10:21 p.m., beginning NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, mission.

The mission, sounding like a Hollywood movie plot, will intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid to determine if such as effort can successfully change the asteroid’s course. The idea is to test the technology to see if it could redirect a future asteroid that might be on a collision course with Earth.

“While no known asteroid larger than 140 meters in size has a significant chance to hit Earth for the next 100 years, only about 40% of those asteroids have been found as of October 2021,” according to NASA’s mission website.

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX launches NASA asteroid-defense mission from Vandenberg