NASA has launched a one-way mission that will deliberately hit a spacecraft into an asteroid.
The double asteroid redirection test has flown from California – embarking on a 10-month journey aimed at removing space rock from its orbit.
NASA’s mission will help determine if it is possible to change the direction of the asteroid if the Earth faces a possible collision on the day of the cataclysm.
The mission is the world’s first demonstration of Earth’s planetary defense system.
Targeted asteroids pose no threat to Earth.