NASA launches new mission to defend Earth

A NASA spacecraft is on a mission to test technology that could defend Earth in the future. The spacecraft will deliberately crash into an asteroid to see if it can change its path. CBS News senior space analyst Bill Harwood joins CBSN’s Lana Zak with more.

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Explained: NASA’s asteroid-deflecting DART mission

NASA’s DART spacecraft began a 10-month journey into space on a mission to demonstrate the world’s first planetary defense system. It is designed to deflect an asteroid from a potential doomsday collision with Earth

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NASA Launches DART Mission To Crash Into Asteroid

Overnight, NASA launched its DART spacecraft on a mission to see if it’s possible to knock an asteroid off course if one were to ever threaten Earth. In other TODAY headlines, the jury in the civil trial over violence at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ordered white nationalist leaders and organizers to pay more than $25 million in damages to nine people who were injured at the rally, and a British cyclist has broken a Guinness World Record for the largest continuous

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NASA launches historic, asteroid-deflecting mission to practice saving Earth

On Wednesday morning, NASA launched DART, a spacecraft designed to smash into an asteroid to deflect its course. Mark Strassman reports on the groundbreaking planetary defense mission.

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NASA Launches DART Mission In First Asteroid Deflection Test

NASA launched its Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. It’s the first mission to attempt to deflect an asteroid.
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NASA tests mission to knock asteroids off course

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Dr. Lori Glaze, a NASA planetary science director, about a new mission called DART that will test knocking asteroids off course.

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