NASA to hurl aircraft into space to smash asteroid at 23,000km an hour and save Earth

The £240million mission is expected to take place in September as new technology is being developed to hurl

The DART mission, which is short for a double asteroid redirection test, was developed by Andy Cheng, chief scientist

New technology is being developed to hurl a half-tonne spacecraft into an asteroid called Dimorphos

none of the roughly 27,000 “near-Earth objects” identified is thought to carry a significant risk to our planet

The main DART craft launched into space last November.

"DART is the first-ever mission dedicated to investigating and demonstrating one method of asteroid

Nasa warned about a giant space rock that is 3.5million miles away from our planet heading in our direction

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