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

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches the DART mission for NASA on Nov. 24, 2021.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 rocket streaked into the darkened sky right on schedule late Tuesday night. 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

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