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Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in 2018. Credit: NASA

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is currently 29.6 million miles (47.6 million kilometers) from Earth and is executing a program designed to […]

Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA

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Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA

Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA NASA/JPL Christian Schroeder, University of Stirling Three times further away from the sun than the Earth lies an enormous lump of metal. Around 252km in diameter, the metallic “M-class” asteroid 16 Psyche is […]

Discovery of cigar-shaped asteroid from outer space could help unveil secrets of extrasolar worlds

Artist’s impression of the enigmatic space rock. ESO/M. Kornmesser, CC BY-SA

Discovery of cigar-shaped asteroid from outer space could help unveil secrets of extrasolar worlds

Discovery of cigar-shaped asteroid from outer space could help unveil secrets of extrasolar worlds Artist’s impression of the enigmatic space rock. ESO/M. Kornmesser, CC BY-SA Monica Grady, The Open University It came from outer space … and went back there two weeks later, having astonished […]

How scientists discovered our first interstellar mystery visitor

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s an object from another solar system! Astronomers have been scrambling to identify a mysterious object passing through our solar system at a speed of about 160,000 km/h. This NASA file image shows a simulation of asteroids passing the earth. (Handout)

How scientists discovered our first interstellar mystery visitor

How scientists discovered our first interstellar mystery visitor It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s an object from another solar system! Astronomers have been scrambling to identify a mysterious object passing through our solar system at a speed of about 160,000 km/h. This NASA […]

A fleeting visit: an asteroid from another planetary system just shot past Earth

Tiny and very faint, this fast moving object (centre) was captured by astronomers as it passed through our Solar system. Queen's University Belfast

A fleeting visit: an asteroid from another planetary system just shot past Earth

A fleeting visit: an asteroid from another planetary system just shot past Earth Tiny and very faint, this fast moving object (centre) was captured by astronomers as it passed through our Solar system. Queen’s University Belfast Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland The discovery of […]

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach

On Oct. 12, 2017, a small (15-30 meter) asteroid known as 2012 TC4 will safely fly past Earth. Based on continuing observations, scientists have determined that it will pass the Earth at a distance of about 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach On Oct. 12, a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one-tenth the distance to the […]