Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

An ancient, global-scale impact could explain the Red Planet’s mysterious “two-faced” appearance The planet Mars has been associated with its namesake god of war for millennia, but its own past may have been more violent than was previously imagined. A

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Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals

Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth’s infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy’s disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. In a new

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Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions

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Number of Known Accessible Near-Earth Asteroids Doubles Since 2010

NASA performed the first Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS) in September/October of 2010, and 666 of the known near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) were identified as meeting the NHATS criteria for mission accessibility (classifying those NEAs as “NHATS-compliant”).

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Bonus fuel could change OSIRIS-REx flight plan

A NASA spacecraft under construction for launch in 2016 to retrieve samples from asteroid Bennu could benefit from an extra load of fuel, allowing an extended stay at the asteroid or a return to Earth a year early. The $1

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Fly-by of Asteroid 2004BL86 Tomorrow

You may have seen the headlines in the past week about Asteroid 2004 BL86, which will pass by our planet in less than 24 hours. Speeding by at almost 35,000 miles per hour, it will pass Earth at a distance

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Scientists say a meteorite could be responsible for Antarctic crater

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered what they believe is the remnants of a meteorite impact site. It was spotted last month by a team of German scientists during their stay at Belgium’s Princess Elizabeth station in East Antarctica. “I looked

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Two km wide crater in Antarctica linked to 2004 meteorite impact

A chance sighting of fractured ice looking like icebergs in what is a flat ice shelf during an aerial survey of Antarctica has led scientists to conclude that it could be the impact site of a massive meteorite. The “crater”

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A close approach

Asteroid (357439) 2004 BL86 is a 650-meters wide potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).  On 26 Jan. 2015, at 16:20 UT, it will make a close approach to the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of 1.1 million km (3.1 lunar distances). There

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New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction

A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth’s non-avian dinosaurs, according to new

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