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Coronavirus
LOW Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
28,761
824hr
Pakistan Cases
1,286,453
43124hr
0.98% positivity
Sindh
476,494
Punjab
443,379
Balochistan
33,491
Islamabad
107,848
KPK
180,254

WASHINGTON: A NASA mission to deliberately smash a spacecraft into an asteroid — a test run should humanity ever need to stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth — blasted off Tuesday from California.

It may sound like science fiction, but the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) is a real proof-of-concept experiment, the goal of which is to slightly alter the trajectory of the asteroid Dimorphos. The SpaceX rocket carrying the mission spacecraft lifted off at 10:21 pm Pacific Time Tuesday (0621 GMT Wednesday) from Vandenberg Space Force Base. “Asteroid Dimorphos: we’re coming for you!” NASA tweeted after the launch, adding later the DART spacecraft had successfully separated from the rocket’s second stage.

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