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January 1, 2019 2:19 AM A NASA Spacecraft Has Set Records After Entering Orbit Around an Asteroid

(LAUREL, Md.) — A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across 68

August 20, 2018 1:35 PM NASA has a wild idea to weigh asteroids with a swarm of mini probes

Asteroids are all around us in space — but they're awfully difficult to weigh, which makes it harder to know how they'll behave. So, NASA is considering a new spacecraft that would take a novel approach to the problem, enlisting miniature probes to skim past small asteroids. That's the idea behind OpGrav, a project that NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied 113

June 27, 2018 4:16 PM Space 'dumpling' rendezvous: Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrives at asteroid Ryugu

Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic (ONC-T) image of Ryugu, photographed at 12:50 p.m. (JST), June 26, 2018. (Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST) After a journey of almost 2 billion miles, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft 133

June 20, 2018 2:38 PM Space 'dumpling' looms into view as spacecraft prepares for asteroid rendezvous

The “dumpling-shaped” asteroid Ryugu is looming into view of Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft as it prepares to rendezvous with the space rock. Launched on Dec. 3, 2014, Hayabusa 2’s goal is to retrieve samples from Ryugu. The BBC reports that the unmanned spacecraft should arrive at its ‘home position’ 20 km (12.4 miles) from the asteroid around June 27. During 109

May 14, 2018 12:13 AM Close encounter: Asteroid as big as a football field will whiz right by Earth this week

Close encounter: Asteroid as big as a football field will whiz right by Earth this week An asteroid the size of a football field will have a close brush with Earth on Tuesday. The asteroid measures between 197 and 427 feet in diameter — longer than a football field — and travels at speeds of 28,655 mph, according to EarthSky. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort 71

April 16, 2018 1:14 PM A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted

An asteroid estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter made an alarmingly close pass to Earth on Sunday morning just hours after it was first observed by astronomers. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away, EarthSky.org reports. That’s closer than the moon, which 115

March 19, 2018 7:59 PM Our 1st interstellar visitor likely came from 2-star system

Our first known interstellar visitor likely came from a two-star system. That's the latest from astronomers who were amazed by the mysterious cigar-shaped object, detected as it passed through our inner solar system last fall. The University of Toronto's Alan Jackson reported Monday that the asteroid — the first confirmed object in our solar system originating 146

February 10, 2018 9:30 PM NASA is keeping tabs on Elon Musk's Tesla roadster

Astronomers aim to keep tabs on everything up in the night sky. A NASA database includes our solar system's eight planets and their moons, more than 755,000 asteroids, 3,500 comets -- and, as of this week, one cherry red sports car that belonged to a Silicon Valley billionaire. Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, put on a stunning show Tuesday 91

February 9, 2018 9:37 PM Second asteroid in a week to pass close to Earth on Friday

(Reuters) - A recently discovered asteroid was due to zip within 39,000 thousand miles (64,000 km) of Earth on Friday, marking the second space rock to pass within the orbit of the moon this week, according to NASA scientists. Measuring between 50 and 130 feet (15 and 40 meters) across, the asteroid’s trajectory will carry it safely past the Earth with no chance 97

December 12, 2017 8:16 PM Get set for the Geminid meteor shower

Star-gazers are in for a treat this week when the annual Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday. “Spectators of the Geminid meteor shower can expect to see up to 120 meteors per hour shoot across the night sky,” explained NASA, in a statement. “These bright streaks of light will appear when tiny remnants from an asteroid named 162