Space news stories
If all goes well, Hayabusa-2 will be the first spacecraft to successfully deploy landers to gather data from the surface of an asteroid.
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.
Researchers are proposing to add a new arrow to our planetary-defense quiver: steering small, benign near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) into big and hazardous ones, in a dramatic, high-stakes game of cosmic billiards.
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 a habit of picking up, and later discarding, small companions called “minimoons,” and these tiny objects could help scientists solve the mysteries of asteroids.
In addition to it being very cold and subject to a lot of radiation, the surface of Mars today is also extremely dry.
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.
Data from January 1, 1999 to the end of January 2018 shows the spectacular increase in asteroid discoveries in the Solar System.
Their plan, which is to wrap a massive bag around an asteroid and ferry it back to Earth, has significant engineering obstacles.
“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.
An asteroid first discovered last year has now been confirmed to be one of only four equal mass binary systems ever detected near Earth.
Astronomers have traced a high-energy neutrino to its cosmic source for the first time ever, solving a century-old mystery in the process.