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Asteroid 2006 QV89 Now Has a 0% Chance of Hitting Earth in September

Why report on an asteroid that has no chance of hitting Earth? Because this asteroid, known as 2006 QV89, has…

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Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On July 11th,…

3 days ago

Who Wants to be a Trillionaire? Mission to Psyche Could Uncover Tons of Precious Metals!

NASA's Psyche mission is sure to find some interesting things when it explores a metal asteroid, like quadrillions of dollars…

3 weeks ago

Hubble is the Ultimate Multitasker: Discovering Asteroids While it’s Doing Other Observations

It looks like a poster of the famous Hubble Deep Field, marked with white streaks by a child, or put…

3 weeks ago

This is the Closest OSIRIS-REx has Gotten to Bennu. Just 680 Meters Above the Asteroid

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since Dec. 3rd, 2018. On that day, it went from travelling to…

1 month ago

Robotic asteroid mining spacecraft wins a grant from NASA

This year, the NASA's NIAC Program is looking at some really interesting ideas - such as a water-powered, laser-shooting, asteroid-mining…

1 month ago

The Japanese asteroid-hunter had another photo opportunity when it dropped a target marker on asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft just launched its second target marker to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.

1 month ago

Don’t Worry About Asteroid 2006QV89. There’s Only a 1 in 7000 Chance It’ll Hit the Earth in September

Whenever scientists announce an upcoming close encounter with an asteroid, certain corners of the internet light up like the synaptic…

1 month ago

A double asteroid came uncomfortably close this weekend. Here’s what astronomers saw

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO scientists took some stunningly clear images of a double asteroid that…

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Hayabusa1’s Samples of Itokawa Turned up Water That’s Very Similar to Earth’s Oceans

A recent study of samples from the asteroid Itokawa has revealed that "dry" asteroids may have delivered up to half…

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