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NASA’s New View of Asteroid Bennu Transports Us Far Away From Our Troubles

To prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s pending touchdown onto the surface of Bennu, NASA used the spacecraft to photograph every nook and cranny of the weirdly shaped asteroid. The purpose of this exercise was to catalogue potentially hazardous geological features, but a side benefit is that we have a gorgeous new view of the asteroid’s tortured surface. Read More >>

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Study: Soot From Massive Wildfires Led to Dino-Killing Mass Extinction

When a gigantic asteroid struck the Earth some 66 million years ago, it triggered an “impact winter” that extinguished over 75 per cent of all species on Earth. New research suggests it was the resulting low light, and not frigid temperatures, that drove this horrific mass extinction. Read More >>

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Black Hole Photobombs Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft set out on September 8, 2016 to study the asteroid Bennu. But last fall, one of its experiments detected something surprising: a flare from a black hole. Read More >>

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Near-Earth Asteroid Sets Off Alert, Turns Out to Be Two Asteroids Hanging Out Together

An asteroid that whizzed within 3 million miles of Earth last week turned out to be two objects in a binary system, according to new observations. Read More >>

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World’s Oldest Known Impact Crater Confirmed in Australia

A 70-kilometre-wide (43-mile) impact structure in the Australian Outback has been dated to 2.2 billion years old, making it the oldest known asteroid crater on Earth. Fascinatingly, this asteroid likely plunged into a massive ice sheet, triggering a global-scale warming period. Read More >>

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New Research Casts Doubt on Theory That Volcanoes Caused Dinosaur Extinction

Scientists have new evidence in their quest to settle the longstanding debate about whether it was a gigantic meteorite or massive volcanic eruptions that triggered the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. Read More >>

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Jupiter Is Flinging Comets Toward Earth

Some astronomers believe that Jupiter, instead of protecting Earth from dangerous comets and asteroids, is actively flinging objects into the inner solar system. New research now demonstrates this complex process in action. Read More >>

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OSIRIS-REx Team Will Boop This Spot on Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx team has decided on a location to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu. It’s a 460-foot-wide crater that they’ve dubbed “Nightingale.” Read More >>

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New Images Show Asteroid Bennu Spewing Bits of Itself Into Space

Images taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft are helping scientists to understand why small particles are occasionally flying off the surface of Bennu, a nearly spherical asteroid that resembles a spinning top. Read More >>

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Mission to Study Asteroid-Spacecraft Collision Gets Official Go-Ahead in Europe

The European Space Agency has approved the budget of Hera, the European component of a mission to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Read More >>

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Japan’s Asteroid Probe Is Finally Returning to Earth With Its Precious Cargo

The Japanese space agency has declared an end to the exploratory phase of the Hayabusa2 mission. Beginning tomorrow, the overachieving spacecraft will leave Ryugu and head back to Earth, bringing – hopefully – its asteroid samples along with it. Read More >>

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NASA Is Moving Forward With Space-Based Mission to Hunt for Hazardous Asteroids

NASA will begin developing a space-based telescope to track the asteroids near Earth, according to a statement by NASA’s associate administrator for science, Thomas Zurbuchen. Read More >>

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Japan’s Asteroid Probe Packs Up and Prepares for Return to Earth

Following a pair of successful touchdowns onto the surface of Ryugu, Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe is packing its precious cargo as it prepares to bring samples of the asteroid back to Earth. Read More >>

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Unprecedented Close-Up View of Asteroid Shows Rocks That Look Surprisingly Familiar

On 3 October 2018, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a lander toward the surface of the asteroid Ryugu from 135 feet up. The lander, MASCOT, hit a boulder, bounced backward, and tumbled 55 feet along the asteroid’s surface before coming to rest upside down in a hole. Read More >>

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Who Protects Earth From Asteroids?

Of all the things that could end our world, an asteroid strike may be the doomsday we have the most control over. Read More >>