Folks, we want to hit an asteroid.

For the first time on Wednesday, NASA launched a nearly year-long test to deflect an asteroid, the first planetary defense method of its kind.

NASA’s DART mission will be launched on November 24th at 1:21 p.m. ET aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and will intentionally collide with an asteroid to change its orbit. As Mashable’s Mark Kaufman perfectly put it, they’re going to “slam a spaceship the size of a vending machine …

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