UN Completes Planning Phase

A special United Nations team on hazardous asteroids has been dissolved after completing its task of setting up organizations to deal with planet-threatening space rocks. The UN’s Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer

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Fast Spinning Asteroid Coming Apart

For many years, a rare class of so-called “active asteroids” that appear to throw off a trail of dust and debris like a comet have puzzled scientists. In 2010, a new sub-type of active asteroid was discovered that appeared to

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ARM Option B Selected

NASA has just announced the selection of ARM Option B – the alternative ARM mission to pluck a boulder off a larger NEA and return it to the vicinity of the Moon. The rock could be up to 4m in

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NASA Announces Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative

NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it

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Unusual Asteroid Suspected of Spinning to Explosion

A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of “active asteroids” that spontaneously emit dust and have been confounding scientists

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World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia

A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia. The crater from the impact millions of years ago has long disappeared. But a

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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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