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asteroidsAsteroids are Stronger, Harder to Destroy

Computer modeling at Johns Hopkins finds that asteroids are stronger than we used to think and require more energy to be completely shattered. In the early 2000s, a different research team created a computer model into which they input various …

asteroidsFifth Asteroid Day is on June 30, 2019 But There Will Be a Full Week of Events

Asteroid Day is the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids. The World will celebrate the fifth anniversary on June 30, 2019. There will be thousands of independent events organized by citizens around the world on …

asteroidsNASA Shows Ultima Thule is not a Snowman But a Flat Pancake and a Walnut

Newly released NASA images contain important scientific information about the shape of Ultima Thule double asteroid. Above – Scientists’ understanding of Ultima Thule has changed as they review additional data. The “old view” in this illustration is based on images …

asteroidsLow Power Milli-Newton Propulsion for Exploring Low Gravity Asteroids

Exploration of small bodies, namely comets and asteroids remain a challenging endeavor due to their low gravity. The risk is so high that missions such as Hayabusa II and OSIRIS-REx will be performing touch and go missions to obtain samples. …

asteroidsNASA OSIRIS-REx Will Sample Return from Asteroid and Other Asteroid News

NASA OSIRIS-REx Will Sample Return from an Asteroid On the afternoon of December 31, NASA OSIRIS-REx entered orbit around asteroid Bennu. About 70 million miles away from Earth, Bennu broke the record for becoming the smallest object in space to …

asteroidsNASA New Horizons Will Flyby a 30 km Object that is 4 Billion Miles Away

In 2014 the New Horizons team found an object that is now called Ultima Thule. It is located in the Kuiper belt in the outermost regions of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune. On January 1, 2019, New …

asteroidsAsteroid 2003 SD220 is 2000 Meters Long and Will Pass Within 7 Million Miles Dec 24

Arecibo Observatory has observed near-Earth asteroid (NEA) 2003 SD220, which will have its closest approach to Earth on December 24. Although designated as “potentially hazardous,” this asteroid will be 28 times further away than our Moon and therefore poses no …

asteroidsBlockchain company ConsenSys buys Planetary Resources

Blockchain venture production studio ConsenSys has bought space asteroid mining company. Planetary Resources. The acquisition was by an asset-purchase transaction. Planetary Resources’ President and CEO Chris Lewicki and General Counsel Brian Israel have joined ConsenSys in connection with the acquisition. …

asteroidsKuiper Belt is about 2% of the mass of the Earth

The mass of Kuiper belt has been estimated as 2% of the mass of the Earth. This is based upon 800,000 positional observations of planets and spacecraft. The total mass of the Kuiper belt is two orders of magnitude larger …

asteroidsCarnival of Space 581

The Carnival of Space 581 is up at Photon Fishing. Universe Today – Musk Gives an Update on When a Mars Colony Could be Built On Monday, Sept. 17th), Elon Musk revealed new information about the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) …