- The US space agency NASA has launched a probe for the first time, which will crash into the asteroid Dimorphos next October, thereby changing its trajectory.
- The aircraft was launched on Wednesday morning using a “Falcon 9” rocket from the US state of California, according to NASA.
- With this mission, the researchers want to prepare for the fall of an asteroid that speeds straight to Earth.
Nasa hopes that the “Dart” (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission, which costs around $ 330 million – the equivalent of around 308 million Swiss francs – will provide information on how the earth could be protected from approaching asteroids.
According to NASA calculations, the asteroid Dimorphos, which has a diameter of around 160 meters, does not currently pose a threat to Earth.