Space news stories

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.

Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work
28th August 2018 | | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

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.

‘Asteroid forensics’ could reveal the origin of water
17th August 2018 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | Earth, Space

It was quite the celestial treat.

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

News stories covering Space, from the macro to the micro, including Space exploration, quantum physics and quantum weirdness.