A large, highly dangerous, and potentially deadly asteroid is on a collision course with Earth.

How will mankind deal with it? By preparing a defense system called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, that's how.

NASA recently awarded SpaceX a $69 million government contract to deflect incoming asteroids that are on a collision course with the planet.

The DART mission has been in the works for several years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Now, it has a real launch date with SpaceX, which is under the reins of billionaire philanthropist Elon Musk.

According to NASA, a Falcon 9 rocket will head into space in June 2021 to blast incoming asteroids in the future.

The main goal of the DART mission is to deflect possible asteroid collisions with Earth by using a kinetic impactor.

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