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Hayabusa2’s Impact Event Shows How Asteroid Ryugu Responds To Being Struck

On 6 December 2020, JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft will arrive back at Earth to drop a canister into the Woomera Test Range in Australia. The canister will contain samples taken from asteroid Ryugu during two collection events in 2019. 

The first manoeuvre, in February 2019, collected material from the asteroid’s surface.

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Scientists claim controversial results of comets observations are consistent

Astrophysicists from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) joined the international research team for explaining the difference in the results of observation of the comet 41P/ Tuttle – Giacobini – Kresak. Researchers believe that data obtained by three independent teams are complementary and its complex analysis helps to unravel the mystery of dust chemical composition of comet 41P and other conundrums of the Universe.

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Comet 2019 LD2 (ATLAS) found to be actively transitioning

A comet discovered last year is offering scientists new insights into how these objects “turn on” and evolve, as it actually transitions out of the Centaur population and into the Jupiter Family of Comets (JFCs), according to a paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Jordan Steckloff.

“The newly discovered comet 2019 LD2 (ATLAS) is a Centaur,

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Western student first to spot asteroid speeding past Earth

For as long as he can remember, Cole Gregg has been interested in space. Last week, the Western University graduate astronomy student had a night he’ll never forget as he spotted a previously undiscovered asteroid flashing through the night sky.

Studying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

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Comets Had Impact in the Start of Life on Earth

The “Big Bang” may have started the universe but it’s likely that littler bangs played a key role in life on Earth, say Albion College physics professor Nicolle Zellner and chemistry professor Vanessa McCaffrey. They (along with former student Jayden Butler, ’17) share their fascinating findings on the interspace dispersal of glycolaldehyde (GLA) in an article recently published by the journal Astrobiology.

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Asteroid Ryugu shaken by Hayabusa2’s impactor

Professor ARAKAWA Masahiko (Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan) and members of the Hayabusa2 mission discovered more than 200 boulders ranging from 30cm to 6m in size, which either newly appeared or moved as a result of the artificial impact crater created by Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2’s Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) on April 5th,

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Ancient ice on Comet 67P ‘fluffier than cappuccino froth’

After years of detective work, scientists working on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission have now been able to locate where the Philae lander made its second and penultimate contact with the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014, before finally coming to a halt 30 metres away.

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Astronomers Discover Activity on Distant Planetary Object

Centaurs are minor planets believed to have originated in the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system. They sometimes have comet-like features such as tails and comae – clouds of dust particles and gas – even though they orbit in a region between Jupiter and Neptune where it is too cold for water to readily sublimate,

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Pristine extraterrestrial compounds recovered from fallen fireball

On a cold winter night in 2018, when a fireball streaked across the skies above Canada and the Midwest, a team of meteor hunters turned to weather radar to pinpoint its likely landing spot.

The fireball had come to rest on a frozen lake in Michigan. Researchers raced to find it and,

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NASA’s big plans to explore small bodies

Asteroids have been orbiting the sun for thousands of millennia in deep space, standing as ancient storytellers, holding clues about the formation of the solar system. NASA’s first mission to collect a sample from an asteroid, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), is now ready to make its first collection attempt of the potentially dangerous asteroid Bennu and bring its secrets home to Earth.

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