Nukes for defence against asteroids?

Nuclear explosives have long been considered as a means of deflecting or disrupting an asteroid if there is insufficient time to use other deflection techniques. This recent article from the Wall Street Journal has stirred increased controversy about the role of nuclear

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UA Planetary Scientists, Japanese to Trade Hard-Rock Stories

In the fall of 2016, an Atlas-V rocket will pierce through the atmosphere and leave Earth’s gravity behind. After the engine has burned up its fuel, the nose faring will open to release its payload, the space probe OSIRIS-REx. Silently,

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Rare comet fly-by of Mars on Sunday

A fast-moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one-in-a-million-year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), has a core about a

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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission

Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs

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UK Met Office opens ‘solar storm’ centre

The Met Office has opened a new forecast centre dedicated to so-called “space weather”. The term describes the disruptive influence that storms at the surface of the Sun can have at Earth. The worst of these events can disturb satellites,

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within

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Comet Halley

Just to be clear, Comet Halley is NOT reappearing 47 years early! There are a number of newspaper headlines trumpeting a huge event – it’s only in the small print that you discover that they are talking about the Orionid

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Getting Off the Planet

A few months ago, famed British cosmologist Stephen Hawking presented a lecture on the survival of the human race. According to him there is only one way for humanity to survive the next thousand years. We must get off the

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Earth gets a new companion for trip around Sun

Add one to the entourage. A newly discovered asteroid called 2014 OL339 is the latest quasi-satellite of Earth – a space rock that orbits the sun but is close enough to Earth to look like a companion. The asteroid has

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Rosetta to Deploy Lander on November 12

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Rosetta is an international mission spearheaded by the European Space Agency with support and instruments provided by NASA. Philae’s landing

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