In April of 2016, astronomers became aware of a distant object that appeared to be orbiting the Sun, but was also passing close enough to Earth that it could be periodically viewed using the most powerful telescopes. Since then, there has been ample speculation as to what this “Temporary Moon” could be, with most astronomers […]
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On Oct. 12, a house-size asteroid will pass quite close to Earth – only 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers) away. This is just above the orbital altitude of communications satellites and a little over one-tenth the distance to the Moon. But not to fear, it has no chance of hitting Earth. Asteroid 2012 TC4 was discovered […]
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Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have just conducted a crucial test of the thruster that will take the Psyche mission to meet a metal asteroid.
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission captured a lovely ‘Blue Marble’ image of our Home Planet during last Fridays (Sept. 22) successful gravity assist swing-by sending the probe hurtling towards asteroid Bennu for a rendezvous next August on a round trip journey to snatch pristine soil samples.
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An international team of scientists recently used the Hubble space telescope to spot a unique binary asteroid that behaves like a comet in in the Main Asteroid Belt.
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At the European Planetary Science Conference in Riga this week, scientists urged Europe to remain committed to the AIDA asteroid mission
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Barely a year after NASA’s OSIRIS-REx robotic asteroid sampler launched on a trailblazing mission to snatch a soil sample from a pristine asteroid and return it to Earth for research analysis, the probe is speeding back home for a swift slingshot around our home planet on Friday Sept. 22 to gain a gravity assist speed boost required to complete its journey to the carbon rich asteroid Bennu and back.
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Researchers are proposing a fleet of tiny electric sail powered satellites to explore over 300 separate objects in the asteroid belt.
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A new study by a team from the University of Bordeaux has turned the Asteroid Belt’s origins on its head, claiming it started empty and gradually filled up
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A new study from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, with the support of NASA, has found evidence of subsurface ice on Vesta.
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