Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs nearly knocked off mammals

The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs. Metatherian mammals–the extinct relatives of living marsupials

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Preparing for an asteroid strike

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Last month, experts from ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and Europe’s national

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Asteroid 2014 UR116, A 400-meter Sized Near-Earth Asteroid, Represents No Threat to the Earth

Some recent press reports have suggested that an asteroid designated 2014 UR116, found on October 27, 2014, at the MASTER-II observatory in Kislovodsk, Russia, represents an impact threat to the Earth. While this approximately 400-meter sized asteroid has a three

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Exploring Comets and Asteroids is an International Endeavor

NASA and space agencies across the globe are opening up new possibilities for space exploration with missions to comets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies. Following NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) spacecraft observations of the

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Meteorite From Mars Contains Alien Biomass (possibly)

Chinese scientists discovered that a meteorite of Martian origin that hit Earth in Morocco in summer 2011, contains signs of water and organic carbon combinations, which may be evidence of extraterrestrial life dating 700,000 years back in time. Meteorite ‘Tissint’

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LBT detects one of the faintest NEOs ever observed thanks to a collaboration between INAF and ESA

The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), of which the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)  is a main partner, has successfully observed asteroid 2014 KC46 in one of the faintest Near-Earth Object (NEO) recoveries ever performed. This challenging observation, which pushed

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‘Fireball’ spotted in sky over Northern Ireland

A “fireball as bright as the moon” has been spotted moving across the sky above Northern Ireland, according to the Irish Astronomical Association. IAA president, Terry Moseley, said the sighting was reported by member of the association who works at

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We are not Alone: Government Sensors Shed New Light on Asteroid Hazards

We are not Alone: Government Sensors Shed New Light on Asteroid Hazards   This diagram maps data gathered from 1994-2013 on small asteroids impacting Earth’s atmosphere to create very bright fireballs (bolides). The location of impacts from objects, ranging from 1

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‘Naked’ Comets Could Expose Solar System’s Ancient Origin Story

What’s a comet that doesn’t look like a comet? The question sounds contradictory, but astronomers believe these objects exist. As comets pass through the solar system, they bleed ice and dust as the Sun’s effects wash over their small bodies.

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Rosetta mission: Can you land on a comet?

The final countdown for the European Space Agency’s ambitious mission to land on a comet in deep space has begun. After 10 years, and a journey of more than six billion kilometres, the Rosetta spacecraft is set to launch its

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