Asteroids

This Is Nasa's Best View Yet (and Closest, Too!) Of Asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft inched closer still to an asteroid called Bennu, breaking the record it set previously — but the real reward is the stunning photographs the probe has captured since.
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This Is The Closest Osiris-rex Has Gotten To Bennu. Just 680 Meters Above The Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since Dec. 3rd, 2018. On that day, it went from travelling to the asteroid to travelling around it. Since then it’s been surveying and mapping Bennu. Now OSIRIS-REx (Origins,...
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What Price The Moon? Tips From The Past Might Save The Present

Also: The Bennu Thrill Show - coming to an asteroid near you Roundup  What price a boot on the Moon? Or maybe six robot wheels? There's a number for the former in this week's round-up of all things spacey.…
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Nasa Spacecraft Snaps Detailed Asteroid Picture From Closest Orbit Yet

NASA’s asteroid-sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx just snapped its closest picture yet of Bennu, the deep-space rock it’s been hovering around since the end of last year. The high-resolution image highlights the object’s very rocky surface and...
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Geek Trivia: Apollo Astronauts Saw Streaks Of Light Caused By What?

Apollo Astronauts Saw Streaks Of Light Caused By What? Earth's Magnetosphere Cosmic Radiation Combusting Asteroids The Aurora Borealis Think you know the answer?
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Did The Beta Taurid Meteor Shower Cause The 1908 Tunguska Explosion?

Next month, astronomers will scan the Beta Taurid meteor shower in search of asteroids that might someday threaten a potentially catastrophic collision with Earth.
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Ceres Is A Strange Place, Including A Volcanic Peak 4,000 Meters High Made From Bubbling Salt...

Ceres, at almost 1,000 km (620 miles) in diameter, is the largest body in the asteroid belt. Between 2015 and 2018, NASA’s ion-powered Dawn spacecraft visited the dwarf planet, looking for clues to help us understand how our Solar System...
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What Is The Massive Thing Under The Moon’s Surface?

Scientists detect a gigantic, underground, metallic anomaly down a crater on the Moon. "Whatever it is, wherever it came from," it looks to be billions of years old. It's probably the remains of an asteroid that hit the Moon. None"Imagine taking a...
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A Detailed Map Of The Solar System Including Every Asteroid That Was In Orbit On December 31, 1999

Eleanor Lutz (previously), the self-described designer with a molecular biology degree has created a fascinating, highly detailed map, color-coded map of the entire solar system including the positions of every asteroid that was in orbit on December...
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Large Asteroid Has A Tiny Chance Of Hitting Earth In September

Space groups like NASA and the ESA track a huge number of near-Earth objects on a daily basis, and many of them have a chance to make life miserable if they one day end up on a collision course with Earth. These "potentially hazardous" asteroids...
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Uncovering The Hidden History Of A Giant Asteroid

A massive 'hit-and-run' collision profoundly impacted the evolutionary history of Vesta, the brightest asteroid visible from Earth. The finding deepens our understanding of protoplanet formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, in the early infancy...

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Nasa Makes Final Plans For Its 2022 Mission To Visit An All-metal Asteroid

In less than a decade, we might finally be able to unravel the mysteries surrounding Psyche, an asteroid that's believed to be composed mostly of iron and nickel. NASA is gearing up to explore the metallic asteroid, giving the Psyche mission...
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1.2 Billion Years Ago, A 1-km Asteroid Smashed Into Scotland

New research by a team of UK scientists has located the site of the massive impact that took place in Scotland 1.2 billion years ago. The post 1.2 billion years ago, a 1-km asteroid smashed into Scotland appeared first on Universe Today.

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Researchers Discover Mysterious Material Under Moon’s Largest Crater

A strange large mass of material has been detected under the Moon’s largest crater and may contain metal from an asteroid that crashed into the lunar surface and formed the crater, according to […] The post Researchers Discover...
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Nasa Advances Lunar Crater Modeling And Asteroid Mining Projects

NASA doesn't just want to return to the moon by 2024, it also wants to establish a "sustained human presence" and to use the moon as a hub for future Mars exploration. In order to do that, it will need new ideas and technologies, like...
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Scientists Find Out What The Mysterious Dome Located In The Asteroid Belt Is Made Of

Having examined data supplied by a NASA robotic spacecraft, scientists also discovered a plume “unlike any other documented up to date” which extends from the planet’s mantle into the dome.
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Asteroid Mining Not A Million Miles Away

Work by a team of University of Adelaide scientists to perfect metal and mineral extraction processes is bringing the possibility of mining the wealth contained within asteroids closer to reality. But science fiction won't become fact until asteroid...

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Scientists Have Discovered A Mysterious Lump On The Moon's Far Side, And It's 5 Times Bigger Than...

Earth's moon may be hiding a giant metallic lump beneath an impact crater called the South Pole-Aitken Basin. The feature may be the core of an asteroid or planetary chunk, or possibly a frozen ocean of magma. The mysterious object is about five...
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This Asteroid Has A 1-in-7,000 Chance Of Hitting Earth This Fall

This fall, Earth has about a 1-in-7,000 chance of getting an uninvited extraterrestrial visitor: asteroid 2006 QV89.

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This 131-foot Asteroid Has A Tiny Chance Of Hitting Earth In September – But You Shouldn’t Be...

A football field-sized space rock is currently making its way toward Earth and is poised for a close encounter later this year. Hurtling through the void of space at 27,560 mph, the asteroid will get here in about three months’ time, making a...

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