Goldstone Radar

Surprise! Earth Passing Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has a Moon

by Nancy Atkinson May 30, 2013

Late yesterday, NASA turned the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California towards Asteroid 1998 QE2 as it was heading towards its closest approach to Earth, and they got a big surprise: the asteroid is a binary system. 1998 QE2 itself is 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) in diameter, and the newly found orbiting […]

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NASA’s KaBOOM Experimental Asteroid Radar Aims to Thwart Earth’s Kaboom

by Ken Kremer March 12, 2013

Over the past month, about a half dozen rather large asteroids have careened nearby our home planet and in one case caused significant injury and property damage with no forewarning – showcasing the hidden lurking dangers from lackluster attitudes towards Asteroid Detection & Planetary Defense. Now in a prescient coincidence of timing, NASA is funding […]

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Asteroid Toutatis Tumbles in New Video from NASA

by Nancy Atkinson December 14, 2012

NASA has compiled the radar images taken of Asteroid Toutatis during its flyby of Earth this week to create a short movie, which shows the asteroid slowly tumbling. The 64-frame movie was generated from data gathered on December 12 and 13, 2012 by NASA’s 70-meter Goldstone Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California. Nancy Atkinson […]

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