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European Space Agency awards $153 million contract for its first planetary defense mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is doing its part to help protect the Earth from any errant asteroids that may threaten terrestrial life, awarding a €129.4 million ($153 million) contract to an industry consortium led by German space company OHB. The contract covers the “detailed design, manufacturing and testing” of a mission codenamed ‘Hera,’ after the Greek goddess of marriage and the hearth, which will support NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test mission and help provide a path towards fu...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, European Space Agency, Manufacturing, Asteroids, Prevention, Aerospace, European Space Agency ESA, Outer Space, Hera, Aida

An asteroid will come close to hitting the Earth the day before Election Day

According to current NASA data, there's a chance that a celestial immigrant dubbed Asteroid 2018VP1 will try to illegally cross our planetary border on or around Nov. 2, 2020 — the day before the next US election. The good news — or the bad news, depending on how apocalyptic you're feeling — is that this ominous portent probably won't hit the Earth. As Forbes explains: [T]here is still very high uncertainty around how close this space rock will actually get to our planet. According to NASA...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, News, US, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Asteroid, Atmosphere, Forbes, Trump, Astrophysics, Outer Space, Space Force, Galactic Immigrants

A Car-Sized Asteroid Just Got Remarkably Close to Hitting Earth

On August 16, a car-sized asteroid came to within 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of our planet, making it the closest known non-impacting asteroid on record.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Asteroids, Near Earth Objects, Near Earth Asteroids, Close Calls

Here's how asteroid mining will transform the world

Asteroid mining sounds fantastically futuristic, but it is almost feasible with existing technology. We have already landed spacecraft on asteroids and taken samples. Now all of that "simply" needs to be done at a much larger scale mining a well-scouted space rock. The payoff for humanity will be astronomical. Via Kurzgesagt: Getting rare materials from the ground into your phone is ugly. The mining industry is responsible for air and water pollution and the destruction of entire lan...
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Why the ‘Super Weird’ Moons of Mars Fascinate Scientists

What’s the big deal about little Phobos and tinier Deimos?
Tags: Japan, News, Research, Asteroids, Solar System, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Space and Astronomy, Mars (Planet

Small Worlds With Lava Oceans Might Have Given Us Meteorites

Researchers propose a new model to explain the formation of most of the meteorites that make it to Earth.
Tags: News, Research, Earth, Asteroids, Solar System, Meteors and Meteorites, James, Greenwood, American Astronomical Society, Herbst, Wiliam, Space and Astronomy

Asteroid to zoom past Earth

Human civilization could probably use a reset button right now, but in typical 2020 fashion, we just can’t catch a break. An Empire State Building-sized asteroid is projected to fly past Earth on June 6, but it will not be striking our planet and wiping out humanity as we know it. That’s right. We’ll still be alive and kicking on June 7, and so will the global pandemic, social injustice, and all our other issues. Asteroid 2002 NN4 — as it’s affectionately called by NASA — is an estimated 820...
Tags: Travel, Astronomy, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Asteroid, All, Empire State Building, Lori Glaze, Near-earth Asteroid

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Struck Earth at ‘Deadliest Possible Angle,’ New Research Suggests

When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit Earth, it struck at an angle that maximized its destructive potential, according to new computer simulations of the catastrophic event.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Dinosaurs, Asteroids, Meteors, Dinosaur Extinction, Chicxulub Impact

‘Fallout Shelter’ joins Tesla arcade in latest software update

Nearly a year ago, Todd Howard, the director of Bethesda Games, said that the company’s “Fallout Shelter” game would be coming to Tesla displays. It arrived, via the 2020.20 software update, this week, which was first noted at driver’s platform Teslascope. Fallout Shelter is the latest — and one of the more modern games — to join Tesla’s Arcade, an in-car feature that lets drivers play video games while the vehicle is parked. It joins 2048, Atari’s Super Breakout, Cuphead, Stardew Valley, Missil...
Tags: TC, Video Games, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, Automotive, Asteroids, Atari, Reporter, Arcade Games, Fallout, Todd Howard, Fallout Shelter, Stardew Valley, Missile Command, Video Gaming

Freaky ‘Active’ Object in Jupiter’s Orbit Is First of Its Kind Seen by Astronomers

It’s neither an asteroid nor a comet but something in between. It’s also parked within Jupiter’s orbit, making this object the first of its kind to ever be detected.Read more...
Tags: Science, Comets, Asteroids, Jupiter, Jupiter trojans, Planetary Science, Active Asteroids

This NASA Mission May Cause an Artificial Meteor Shower

A study says the DART mission’s collision with an asteroid near Earth may liberate enough debris to reach Earth’s atmosphere.
Tags: News, Research, Earth, Asteroids, Solar System, Meteors and Meteorites, PAUL, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space and Astronomy, Didymos, Double Asteroid Redirection Test Mission, Wiegert, The Planetary Science Journal, NASA Mission May Cause

Hi-Res View of Ryugu Asteroid Suggests It Had a Close Encounter With the Sun

Hayabusa2 is heading home to Earth, but scientists continue to review data collected by the spacecraft during its visit to the Ryugu asteroid, including its brief moments on the surface. New images are providing an unprecedented look at this gigantic pile of rocks, as well as a potential explanation for its weird,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

Enormous and “potentially hazardous" asteroid will fly by Earth tomorrow

Tomorrow, an asteroid that's at least a mile wide will pass by Earth. While NASA considers the object, named 1998 Or2, to be "potentially hazardous," it won't hit us. This time. It won't get closer than around four million miles away. Above is a time lapse of the asteroid captured through a telescope by amateur astronomer Ingvars Tomsons in Riga, Latvia. As the asteroid and Earth continue to orbit our sun, it'll continue to be a risk. And this rock is not the only one that could someday sock i...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, University Of Arizona, Apocalypse, National Geographic, UTC, Riga Latvia, Nadia Drake, Ingvars Tomsons, Amy Mainzer, Ingvars Tomsons CC BY SA

A Nest of Alien Asteroids Orbits Our Sun

Astronomers say they have found orphan rocks from another star, or stars, stashed in the outer solar system.
Tags: News, Research, Asteroids, Solar System, Morais, Fathi, Maria Helena, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Jupiter (Planet, Neptune (Planet, Namouni

Astronomers Think They've Found a Whole Population of Rocks From Outside the Solar System

Astronomers think they’ve found an entire population of asteroids originating from outside our solar system, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Asteroids, Interstellar Objects, Centaurs

The Case of the Disappearing Exoplanet

Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Some astronomers now say it was a cloud of asteroid debris.
Tags: News, Research, Planets, Asteroids, Hubble Space Telescope, Fomalhaut, Gaspar, Rieke, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Andras, Space and Astronomy, Stars and Galaxies, Telescopes and Observatories, George H, Fomalhaut b

Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua believed to be ‘active asteroid’

Scientists believe cigar-shaped visitor to our solar system is fragment of a larger body The cigar-shaped interstellar visitor to our solar system known as ‘Oumuamua could be the remnants of a larger body that was torn apart by its host star, according to researchers.The dark, reddish object that hurtled into our solar system in 2017 and was named after the Hawaiian word for messenger or scout has long puzzled scientists. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Comets, Asteroids, Oumuamua

NASA's New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles

To prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s pending touchdown onto the surface of Bennu, NASA used the spacecraft to photograph every nook and cranny of the weirdly shaped asteroid. The purpose of this exercise was to catalog potentially hazardous geological features, but a side benefit is that we have a gorgeous new view of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Bennu, Osiris Rex

Remember When Japan Blasted an Asteroid? Here’s What We Learned

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft’s explosive encounter reveals that a space rock called Ryugu looks extremely young for its age.
Tags: Japan, News, Research, Asteroids, Solar System, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Bombs and Explosives, Space and Astronomy, Ryugu, Hayabusa2

Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball into Ryugu, an 850 meter-wide near-Earth asteroid. The 2 kilogram "Small Carry-on Impactor," a bit larger than a tennis ball, hit the asteroid at approximately 7,200 kilometers/hour and blew out a 14.5 meter wide crater with a depth of .6 meters. After a year of analysis, scientists have reported their analysis of the plume created by the impact and properties of the crater. From The ...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Earth, Asteroids, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Arakawa, Ryugu

Study: Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction

When a gigantic asteroid struck the Earth some 66 million years ago, it triggered an “impact winter” that extinguished over 75 percent of all species on Earth. New research suggests it was the resulting low light, and not frigid temperatures, that drove this horrific mass extinction.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Earth, Asteroids, Asteroid Impacts, Soot, Dinosaur Extinction, Chicxulub Asteroid Impact, Cretaceouspaleogene Extinction Event, Kpg Mass Extinction, Impact Winters, Climate Modeling

Another week, another warning from NASA about an asteroid headed our way March 3, 2020

Team asteroid was narrowly defeated by the Terrans earlier this month when a skyscraper-sized rock named 163373 (2002 PZ39) failed to slam into Earth. The asteroids have a second chance of hitting Earth on March 3 with a scrappier contender named 2020 DA4. From IB Times: Based on the asteroid’s size and current speed, the blast from its airburst could be equivalent to multiple atomic bombs. Although much of the explosion will be directed towards the atmosphere, the remaining energy could still ...
Tags: Post, News, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, IB Times

Black Hole Photobombs Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft set out on September 8, 2016 to study the asteroid Bennu. But last fall, one of its experiments detected something surprising: a flare from a black hole.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Asteroids, Black Holes, Bennu, Osiris Rex

A New Mini-Moon Was Found Orbiting Earth. There Will Be More.

The object, a car-size asteroid called 2020 CD3, won’t be here for long, and new telescopes will help us spot more of these objects.
Tags: News, Earth, Moon, Asteroids, Solar System, Space and Astronomy, Telescopes and Observatories, Gravitation and Gravity, Your-feed-science

Telescope Image Shows Earth’s New ‘Mini-Moon’

Our planet recently adopted a mini-moon that’s roughly the size of a car, though astronomers aren’t sure yet if it’s an asteroid or an artificial object. An observatory in Hawaii is now providing us with a clearer view of Earth’s intriguing new—yet temporary—celestial companion.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Hawaii, Asteroids, Mini Moons, New Moons

Earth's New Mini-Moon Captured in Color Image

Our planet recently adopted a mini-moon that’s roughly the size of a car, though astronomers aren’t sure yet if it’s an asteroid or an artificial object. An observatory in Hawaii is now providing us with a clearer view of Earth’s intriguing new—yet temporary—celestial companion.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Hawaii, Asteroids, Mini Moons, New Moons

Comparing the size of known asteroids to New York City

MetalBallStudios made this animated video that helps you envision the size of various named asteroids by placing them in Manhattan. [via Laughing Squid]
Tags: Video, News, New York City, Manhattan, Asteroids, MetalBallStudios

German Man Finds Rock From Early Solar System in His Front Yard

Scientists have released their initial analysis of a meteorite that fell over Europe last September. They report that the rock, the remnant of a daytime bolide that impacted Earth with an energy of 0.48 kilotons of TNT (around this much), is a carbonaceous chondrite—the kind of meteor that contains material from the…Read more...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Science, Earth, Meteorites, Asteroids, TNT, Planetary Formation, Fireballs

Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

An asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Arecibo, Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

NASA reports a "potentially hazardous" asteroid will come close to Earth on February 15, 2020

NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said a "potentially hazardous" asteroid is headed our way. According to NASA, "Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid's potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth." The asteroid, with the catchy name 163373 (2002 PZ39), is taller than the largest human-made building and is moving at 34,000 miles an hour, reports International Business Times. From the article: ...
Tags: Post, Space, News, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, International Business Times, Near Earth Object Studies CNEOS, Near Misses, 163373 (2002 PZ39