Space news stories

What’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid?
15th October 2018 | | Space

They both orbit the sun, but they’re very different.

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid: official
12th October 2018 | Space, Tech

JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda said they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data showed the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected.

Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket
11th October 2018 | | Humans, Space

A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan.

A Third Probe Landed on Asteroid Ryugu—but It Had Just 16 Hours to Live
8th October 2018 | | Space, Tech

During its free fall, the probe managed to capture 20 photographs of Ryugu, which were subsequently uploaded to the Hayabusa2 spacecraft for safekeeping.

Skull-shaped ‘Great Pumpkin’ asteroid to fly past Earth after Halloween
2nd October 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

Extinct comet classified as potentially hazardous because of its size and proximity to our planet.

The Best-Ever Photos of an Asteroid’s Rugged Terrain
26th September 2018 | | Space, Tech

The two Japanese robots have captured Ryugu in incredible detail. The images reveal a richly textured surface, with rocks of all sizes jutting out into the darkness of space.

They Made It! Japan’s Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid Ryugu
24th September 2018 | | Space, Tech

The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home.

Our Solar System’s Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes
19th September 2018 | Space

New results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history.

Strange Binary Asteroid Shows Solar System Upheaval Happened Early
14th September 2018 | | Ancient, Space

Uranus and Neptune were pushed farther from the sun, ran into what later became the Kuiper Belt, kicked some of its objects inward and in doing so created Trojan asteroids.

Mission to Slam Spacecraft Into Asteroid Has Begun Final Design and Construction
14th September 2018 | Space, Tech

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will head to a two-asteroid system, consisting of the 800-meter-across (half-mile) Didymos and the 160-meter (124-foot) body orbiting it and crash into the smaller asteroid in an attempt to deflect it.

Asteroid analysis reveals early planetary rearrangement
14th September 2018 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

“Observations of today’s Kuiper Belt show that binaries like these were quite common in ancient times,” said planetary scientist William Bottke.

Maggie Aderin-Pocock on asteroid impacts – and how we can avoid them
11th September 2018 | | Humans, Space, Tech

Maggie Aderin-Pocock talks about what it takes to get to an asteroid, what they can tell us about our own origins and why we need to be keeping an eye on them.

This New Paper Says Pluto Should Be a Planet After All, And Here’s Why
11th September 2018 | | Space

It’s been 12 years since everyone’s favourite dwarf planet Pluto officially lost planet status. And ever since there’s been no end to the debate over whether or not that was the right call.

ISS suffers oxygen leak after hit by an asteroid; Astronauts use duct tape to seal it for now
2nd September 2018 | | Humans, Space

Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation – a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the ISS, though crew are safe and unharmed by the breach to the exterior shell.

Hayabusa-2: Japan sets date for spacecraft’s asteroid touchdown
2nd September 2018 | | Humans, Space, Tech

If all goes well, Hayabusa-2 will be the first spacecraft to successfully deploy landers to gather data from the surface of an asteroid.

Asteroid miners could use Earth’s atmosphere to catch space rocks
30th August 2018 | | Space, Tech

Forget deflecting asteroids from hitting Earth—some engineers are drawing up a strategy to steer asteroids toward us, so our atmosphere can act as a giant catching mitt for resource-rich space rocks.

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