Asteroids

Bill Nye Explains How Solar Spacecraft Could Protect Earth From Asteroids

Prominent scientist Bill Nye recently lauded the achievements of The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft and how it can revolutionize space travel. He also explained how the concept behind the new-generation spacecraft can be used as part...
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Stardust From Red Giants

Some of the Earth's building material was stardust from red giants. Astronomers can also explain why the Earth contains more of this stardust than the asteroids or the planet Mars, which are farther from the sun.
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Why Are Particles Getting Ejected Off Of Asteroid Bennu?

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu in December 2018, and just one week later, it discovered something unusual about Bennu: the asteroid was ejecting particles into space. The spacecraft’s navigation camera first...
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Nasa Hopes Osiris-rex Data Will Explain An Asteroid's Mini-eruptions

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made a startling discovery shortly after arriving at its target, a 1614-foot-wide rock called Bennu: the asteroid was ejecting particles from its surface. While that's common behavior on icy comets, it's...
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Bridenstine: "the Nasa Brand Is The Most Valuable Brand America Has"

Two teams from the grade 11 at the Goldengate International College, Battisputali, Kathmandu will be searching asteroids with us at All-Nepal Asteroid Search Campaign, November 20-December 17, 2019 #AsteroidSearch #ANASC2019 #Nepal...
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A Large 426-foot Asteroid Will Cruise By Earth On Sunday, With A Smaller One In Tow

The weekend is fully packed with close asteroid encounters, according to NASA. Three space rocks are due to buzz Earth on Saturday, as previously covered by The Inquisitr. Two more asteroids will swing by our planet the following day, bumping up the...
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Asteroid Bennu Is Flinging Particles Of Dust And Rock From Its Surface And Scientists Can't Work...

Images beamed back from NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft leave scientists baffled Pic  A closeup image of Bennu snapped by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reveals that the asteroid’s surface is surprisingly volatile, randomly spitting out shards of...
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Osiris-rex Mission Explains Bennu's Mysterious Particle Events

Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. The ongoing examination of...
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Eruptions On Asteroid Bennu Hint At Causes Of Space Rock Explosions

For the first time, astronomers have gotten an up-close view of eruptions from an asteroid, shedding light on what might drive such explosions.
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There's Something Weird About The Craters Of Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese mission Hayabusa2 just bid farewell to the asteroid the probe spent over a year studying, and scientists have now announced some intriguing trends they noticed in the spacecraft's photos.
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A 262-foot Asteroid Will Shoot Past Earth Tomorrow Night At More Than 49,000 Mph

A rather sizeable asteroid — one thought to be large enough to potentially dwarf the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy — is hurtling through space on its way to Earth and will dash by for a short visit on Thursday night, NASA has announced....
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Nasa Warns Asteroid Capable Of Causing Major Impact Event Approaching This Week

NASA has detected the biggest asteroid to approach Earth this week. Based on the data collected by the agency’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), the incoming asteroid is big enough to take out an entire city. The approaching asteroid...
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Nasa's Osiris-rex In The Midst Of Site Selection

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu. After a lengthy and challenging process, the team is finally ready to down-select from the four candidate sites to a...
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Europe Officially Signs On For Asteroid-smashing Effort

The European Space Agency has officially approved the Hera mission, which will assess the results of NASA's asteroid-walloping Double Asteroid Redirection Test.
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Japan’s Asteroid Probe Just Fired Up Its Engine For A Historic Return To Earth

Japan's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe has already accomplished a lot. The spacecraft successfully traveled to its target, a space rock known as Ryugu, where it entered orbit and completed some daring sample-gathering maneuvers. Earlier this month, the...
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Russia Plans To Build Telescopes On The Moon To Protect Against Asteroids

The Russian space agency has announced its intentions to place telescopes on the southern pole of the moon so it can monitor dangerous asteroids and comets.
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Esa’s Hera Asteroid Deflection Mission Gets Green Light

Europe's space ministers approved ESA's Hera asteroid mission for construction and launch (via European Space Agency/YouTube) The European Space Agency’s asteroid deflection mission is a go. Hera—”humanity’s...
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Nasa Warns 75-foot Asteroid Currently Headed For Earth

NASA warned that an asteroid is set to dangerously approach Earth tomorrow. If the asteroid collides with the planet, it could create a powerful explosion in the atmosphere. The approaching asteroid has been identified by NASA’s Center for...
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Impact Crater Data Analysis Of Ryugu Asteroid Illuminates Complicated Geological History

Analysis of the impact craters on Ryugu using the spacecraft Hayabusa2's remote sensing image data has illuminated the geological history of the Near-Earth asteroid and revealed 77 craters. Through analyzing the location patterns and characteristics...
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Nasa Alert: Two Apollo Asteroids Set To Cross Earth’s Path In December

Asteroids, often dubbed minor planets, are rocky and airless remnants dating back to the early formation of our solar system, with most of them found orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter within the main asteroid belt.
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