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‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet
23rd April 2019 | Space

Scientists said they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbour.

Earth Was Hit by an Interstellar Asteroid Years Ago, Scientists Claim
18th April 2019 | | Earth, Space

Researchers calculate that an asteroid from beyond our solar system burned up in the atmosphere in 2014.

Another asteroid disintegrates over Russia
18th April 2019 | Earth, Space

A bright meteor was caught in many dashcam videos – in broad daylight – on April 6, 2019, over the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. See a video compilation here.

Comet Ingredients Swallowed by an Asteroid, Found Sealed Inside a Meteorite
17th April 2019 | | Space

The raw materials from a comet have been found sealed inside a pristine, primitive meteorite.

NASA Chooses SpaceX to Launch Asteroid-Walloping Mission
14th April 2019 | | Space, Tech

SpaceX will fly its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) planetary-defense mission. The total launch cost for NASA will be about $69 million, agency officials said.

Four Asteroids, The Largest Being 460 Feet Wide, Swooped Past Earth On Friday
14th April 2019 | | Earth, Space

While two of these space rocks are not coming back any time soon, the other two hit their closest approach to Earth for a long while to come.

The very strong case for an asteroid defense system
11th April 2019 | Humans, Space, Tech

It sounds a bit silly, but there is a very strong case for the American government to set up a planetary asteroid defense system.

Hunt on for iron volcanoes on metallic asteroids
10th April 2019 | Space

Some asteroids in the solar system may have featured volcanoes that spewed out liquid iron, two research teams have independently concluded.

Revolutionary camera allows scientists to predict evolution of ancient stars
10th April 2019 | Ancient, Space, Tech

For the first time scientists have been able to prove a decades old theory on stars thanks to a revolutionary high-speed camera.

A ‘Self-Driving’ Spacecraft May Help Save Earth from Asteroid Collisions
8th April 2019 | | Earth, Space, Tech

Europe’s next asteroid mission, which could launch in 2023, will rely on the same kind of navigation technology as self-driving cars.

A Giant 1,115-Foot Asteroid Just Skimmed Past Earth On Its Closest-Ever Approach
28th March 2019 | | Earth, Space

The asteroid is estimated to be twice as big as the Pyramid of Khufu in Giza and will return for another visit 16 years from now.

‘Unseen’ Meteor That Exploded Over Bering Sea Caught on Camera After All
25th March 2019 | | Space, Tech

Two instruments on NASA’s Terra satellite caught images of the fireball explosion on Dec. 18, 2018.

NASA’s Surprise Discovery on Bennu Just Changed What We Know About Asteroids
20th March 2019 | | Space, Tech

The NASA spacecraft analysing the asteroid has observed it shooting out plumes of dust that surround it in a dusty haze – a phenomenon we’ve never seen in an asteroid before.

US detects huge meteor explosion
18th March 2019 | | Earth, Space

A huge fireball exploded in the Earth’s atmosphere in December, according to Nasa. It went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

Small asteroid to sweep closer than moon’s distance
14th March 2019 | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The space rock has an estimated size of 75 feet in diameter, so it’s slightly larger than the asteroid that penetrated the atmosphere over the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013.

If We Blow Up an Asteroid, It Might Put Itself Back Together
11th March 2019 | | Space, Tech

Despite what Hollywood tells us, stopping an asteroid from creating an extinction-level event by blowing it up may not work.

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