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The unmanned DART spacecraft takes off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday, Nov. 24. It will crash into an an asteroid in about 10 months in a test to see if it can change its orbit and protect the planet from asteroid strikes in the future. (NASA photo/Public domain)

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NASA launched a spacecraft Tuesday night on a mission to smash into an asteroid and test whether it would be possible to knock a speeding space rock off course if one were to threaten Earth.

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press November 24, 2021
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