Space news stories
While space agencies simulate an asteroid impact this week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, there’s a real asteroid they’re monitoring that will make a close appearance in just 10 years.
‘Tabletop exercise’ will ensure US government is ready to respond to any real asteroids that could be on their way to destroy us.
In the first week of April, a Japanese spacecraft blasted a small crater into an asteroid more than 180 million miles from Earth — and now we’ve finally got the first images of its explosive handy work.
If a collision-course NEO was identified, it can at least be said that a proposed nuclear response would be very likely to violate international law.
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.
Researchers calculate that an asteroid from beyond our solar system burned up in the atmosphere in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
It sounds a bit silly, but there is a very strong case for the American government to set up a planetary asteroid defense system.
Some asteroids in the solar system may have featured volcanoes that spewed out liquid iron, two research teams have independently concluded.
For the first time scientists have been able to prove a decades old theory on stars thanks to a revolutionary high-speed camera.
Europe’s next asteroid mission, which could launch in 2023, will rely on the same kind of navigation technology as self-driving cars.
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.