Artist concept of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft

NASA has selected the ride for its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, awarding SpaceX the US$69 million launch contract. If all goes according to plan, DART will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2021 – the first step on a voyage intended to demonstrate how a spacecraft collision can alter the trajectory of an asteroid.

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