Asteroid Day 2019 Promotion and NASA, ESA Lists of Asteroid Impact Risks

Asteroid Day is June 28. It is the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids. Redbubble is the largest global marketplace for independent artists. They are partnering to inspire the world about asteroids. Redbubble announced the launch of a global design contest in May, calling on a community of more than …

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Prototype Optical Asteroid Mining Technology

Apis is a breakthrough mission and flight system architecture designed to revolutionize NASA’s human exploration of deep space and to enable massive space industrialization and human settlement. Apis is enabled by Public Private Partnership (PPP) and a series of inventions including the Optical Mining method of asteroid resource harvesting, the Omnivore solar thermal thruster, and …

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Asteroids 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 factors such as mass, temperature, and material brittleness, and simulated an asteroid about a kilometer …

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Fifth 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 all five continents. Asteroid Day global programs, including Asteroid Day LIVE, are programs of the …

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NASA 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 taken within a day of New Horizons’ closest approach to the Kuiper Belt object on …

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Low 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. The next logical step is to perform longer-term mobility on the surface of these asteroid. …

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NASA 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 have a human-made spacecraft in its orbit. The NASA OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, …

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