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‘Asteroid forensics’ could reveal the origin of water
17th August 2018 | nhm.ac.uk | Ancient, Earth, Space

By studying water-rich meteorites on Earth, Museum scientist Helena Bates is working out where in the solar system the meteorites – and the water they contain – originated from.

Earth Has ‘Minimoons,’ and They May Solve Asteroid Mysteries
16th August 2018 | space.com | Earth, Space, Tech

Earth has a habit of picking up, and later discarding, small companions called “minimoons,” and these tiny objects could help scientists solve the mysteries of asteroids.

You Might Be Less Excited About Colonising Mars After This New Study
30th July 2018 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

In addition to it being very cold and subject to a lot of radiation, the surface of Mars today is also extremely dry.

33 Spectacular Photos Of The Longest Full ‘Blood Moon’ Of The Century
30th July 2018 | huffingtonpost.co.uk | Earth, Space

It was quite the celestial treat.

From discovery to data: How astronomers track near-Earth asteroids
30th July 2018 | astronomy.com | Space, Tech

Once an asteroid has been identified, how do we know if it’s a threat?

Blood moon: lunar eclipse myths from around the world
27th July 2018 theconversation.com | Space

Visible for most of the world, it’s set to be the longest one this century, so there is plenty of time to take a look.

Blood-curdling video shows near-Earth asteroids spotted by NASA have skyrocketed in 20yrs
27th July 2018 | rt.com | Space, Tech

Data from January 1, 1999 to the end of January 2018 shows the spectacular increase in asteroid discoveries in the Solar System.

China’s Plan to Seize a Near-Earth Asteroid Sounds Surprisingly Feasible
27th July 2018 | inverse.com | Space, Tech

Their plan, which is to wrap a massive bag around an asteroid and ferry it back to Earth, has significant engineering obstacles.

‘Apollo 11’ film to show first moon landing like never before
20th July 2018 | collectspace.com | Humans, Space, Tech

“Apollo 11,” from director Todd Douglas Miller, will feature never-before-seen large format film footage of the 1969 mission that landed astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon.

Rare Double Asteroid Spotted by Three of the World’s Largest Radio Telescopes
17th July 2018 interestingengineering.com | Space, Tech

An asteroid first discovered last year has now been confirmed to be one of only four equal mass binary systems ever detected near Earth.

High-Energy ‘Ghost Particle’ Traced to Distant Galaxy in Astronomy Breakthrough
12th July 2018 | space.com | Space, Tech

Astronomers have traced a high-energy neutrino to its cosmic source for the first time ever, solving a century-old mystery in the process.

Fragment of impacting asteroid recovered in Botswana
6th July 2018 phys.org | Humans, Space

Its one of the fragments of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 2, 2018 and turned into a meteor fireball that detonated over Botswana a few seconds after entering the atmosphere.

Jupiter’s Moons Spin Intricate Auroras
5th July 2018 | space.com | Space

New research shows the closest-ever view of Jupiter’s swirling auroras, revealing the complicated footprints left by its moons Io and Ganymede.

Something Big Crashed into Uranus and Changed It Forever
5th July 2018 | space.com | Ancient, Space

A new study confirms that this collision with a huge object — which was approximately twice the size of Earth — could have led to the planet’s extreme tilt and other odd attributes.

Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say
4th July 2018 | washingtonpost.com | Ancient, Space

A vast majority of the half-million bodies in the inner asteroid belt may in fact be shrapnel from as few as five parent bodies called “planetesimals,” scientists say.

First Human Mission To Binary Asteroid Will Help NASA Defend Earth From Possible Collisions
3rd July 2018 | techtimes.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

The Hera spacecraft mission, proposed by the European Space Agency, is heading to a binary asteroid to support NASA’s planetary defense plan against potential asteroid collision.

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