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asteroidsCarnival of Space 581

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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) …

asteroidsJAXA Images and Video from the Ryugu Asteroid

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Japan deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers on September 21 to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu.

asteroidsSwarm of probes could measure the mass of asteroids and comets

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Swarm Flyby Gravimetry is a concept to determine the mass of asteroid or comets during flyby using a collection of small, disposable tracking targets called probes. The probes are deployed from a spacecraft and tracked as they pass near to …

asteroidsAsteroid mining for water with a few hundred spacecraft can be profitable

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The maximum distance for asteroid mining 3 million miles (0.03 AU) with current technology. The corresponding delta-V is 437 meters per second. The near earth asteroids that are in range should contain more than one million liters of water. Swarms …

asteroidsAsteroids have caused 26 nuclear bomb sized explosions since 2000 – SU Global Summit 2018

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Since the year 2000, the array of microphones for detecting nuclear bomb detonation has detected 26 nuclear-sized explosions in the Earth’s atmosphere which have been caused by asteroid impacts. Those impacts have ranged from 1 kiloton to 600 kilotons. Danica …

asteroidsPlanetary Resources is stalled until new funding is found

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Planetary Resources CEO Chris Lewicki said that Planetary Resources made a risky and aggressive choice in 2017 to double down on asteroid exploration but they are now in trouble because a funding round failed. Planetary Resources had to cut staff …

asteroidsAsteroid day June 30 and NASA, ESA collaborating on 2022-2026 double asteroid missions

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The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA will each send a mission to the same binary asteroid to test if they can impact it alter its orbit. In 2022, a NASA mission called Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will collide …

asteroidsTheory that Planet 9 could be a large cluster of asteroids

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CU Boulder Assistant Professor Ann-Marie Madigan and a team of researchers have offered up a new theory for the existence of planetary oddities like Sedna—an icy minor planet that circles the sun at a distance of nearly 8 billion miles. …

asteroidsPlanetary Resources may use blockchain for space mining rights

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A delay in funding from February 2018 forced Planetary Resources to lay off some of its 70 employees. Planetary Resources had planned on using several small spacecraft, launched as secondary payloads in 2020, fly to near-Earth asteroids to measure their …

asteroidsProgress on designing multi-generation interstellar asteroid ship

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Researchers at Delft University of Technology are designing a multi-generation interstellar asteroid starship. Next month the DSTART team will present the first version of their starship-scale MELiSSA computer simulation at the AgroSpace-MELiSSA workshop in Rome. The simulation allows the team …