Asteroids

This Model Of Earth’s Giant Impacts Makes Us Wonder How Life Arose

by Elizabeth Howell July 31, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter In case you need a reminder that the solar system was a harsh place to grow up, the early Earth looks like it was in the middle of a shooting gallery in this model. The map that you see above shows […]

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If You Mine An Asteroid, Who Does The Property Belong To?

by Elizabeth Howell July 31, 2014

There have been several proposals in recent months to visit asteroids — NASA is talking about sending astronauts to an asteroid sometime, and both Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries have outlined distant plans to mine these space rocks for resources. But once the stuff is extracted, who does it belong to? A bill being […]

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Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

by Bob King July 17, 2014

I thought the photos earlier this week were amazing.  This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed’ or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet’s complex shape even more clearly as Rosetta nudges ever closer to its target. Some have likened it to a duck, a boot and even a […]

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Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia

by Bob King July 10, 2014

“It first looked like a plane with fire coming out of the tail.” – Aaron O. “I have never seen anything like it. Big, bright and moving gently across sky – slower than a plane, not falling at all but moving across.” – Shannon H. “Viewed from cockpit of aircraft at 37,000′. Was visible for two […]

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Ancient Asteroid Impacts Left Serpentine Traces On Vesta: Study

by Elizabeth Howell July 2, 2014

While “dark materials” may leave some of us thinking about a certain Philip Pullman book series, on the asteroid Vesta its presence belies something equally exotic: old smaller asteroid impacts on its surface. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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