Small enough to be an aircraft carry-on, the
Juventas spacecraft nevertheless has big mission goals. Once in orbit around
its target body, Juventas will unfurl an antenna larger than itself, to perform
the very first subsurface radar survey of an asteroid.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has called for
more global participation in efforts to deflect asteroids that could collide
Bridenstine spoke to the 2019 Planetary Defense
Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning in an event that was streamed
Here’s a hypothetical: a telescope detects an
asteroid between 100 and 300 meters in diameter racing through our solar system
at 14 kilometers per second, 57 million kilometers from Earth.
Astronomers estimate a one percent risk the space
rock will collide with our planet on April 27,
The Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has sent back images of the crater made when it detonated an explosive charge on the asteroid it is investigating.
On 5 April, the Japanese probe released a 14kg device packed with
plastic explosive on to the asteroid Ryugu.
Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission
released its fifth year of survey data on April 11, 2019. The five years of
NEOWISE data have significantly advanced scientists’ knowledge of asteroids and
comets in the solar system, as well as the stars and galaxies beyond.
1. Why Asteroids Impact Earth
Why do asteroids and meteoroids collide with Earth?
These objects orbit the Sun just like the planets, as they have been doing for
billions of years, but small effects such as gravitational nudges from the
planets can jostle the orbits,
A small asteroid has been caught in the process of
spinning so fast it’s throwing off material, according to new data from NASA’s
Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. Images from Hubble show two
narrow, comet-like tails of dusty debris streaming from the asteroid (6478)
Metallic asteroids are thought to have started out
as blobs of molten iron floating in space. As if that’s not strange enough,
scientists now think that as the metal cooled and solidified, volcanoes spewing
liquid iron could have erupted through a solid iron crust onto the surface of
Making a dent: Japan probe prepares to blast asteroid
A Japanese probe began descending towards an asteroid on Thursday on a mission to blast a crater into its surface and collect material that could shed light on the solar system’s evolution.
Scientists to Conduct
Largest-Ever Hubble Survey of the Kuiper Belt
NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
recently awarded Southwest Research Institute the largest Hubble Space
Telescope (HST) solar system program ever, with 206 of Hubble’s orbits around
the Earth allocated to the project.