SpaceX launches NASA’s mission to collide with an asteroid [Update]

A Falcon 9 rocket launches the DART mission for NASA on Nov. 24, 2021.

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches the DART mission for NASA on Nov. 24, 2021. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann)

1:35 am ET Wednesday update: With near perfect weather at the launch site at Vandenberg Space Force Base, in Southern California, a Falcon 9 streaked into the darkened sky right on schedule. The rocket successfully boosted NASA’s asteriod test mission into orbit. If all goes well, the DART spacecraft will collide with a small asteroid next October.

Shortly after launch, the rocket’s first stage made a successful landing on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship. Including Falcon Heavy boosters, this was SpaceX’s 95th successful first stage landing, and its 72nd at sea.

Original post: Weather permitting, a Falcon 9 rocket will launch a key asteroid-deflection mission for NASA on Tuesday night from California. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART mission, will seek to demonstrate the capability to change an asteroid’s orbit next year.

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