Earth will be hit by a massive asteroid that will collapse humanity forever is already theorized. However, NASA is already planning to destroy that asteroid beforehand and now it has roped in Elon Musk’s SpaceX in its plan too.
NASA announced that it has selected billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX in order to provide launch services for its mission to destroy asteroid.
The $69 million Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in California in June 2021. The mission, if everything goes as per plan, will smash a satellite into the asteroid Didymos’s small moon by October 2022 at a speed of nearly 13,500mph.
NASA plans to stop Didymos when its within 11 million kilometers of Earth in comparison, the moon is 240,000 miles away from Earth and the sun is 93 million miles away.
If successful, the breakthrough collision will change the asteroid’s motion, ultimately saving entire humanity from potential extinction that was faced by dinosaurs by a similar asteroid collision billions of years ago.