Asteroids

Here’s DART’s First Picture From Space. We Are Already Looking Forward to its Last Image

It might not look like much, but here is the first monumental image from the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART).…

4 weeks ago

NASA’s New Asteroid Impact Monitoring System Comes Online

An asteroid striking Earth is a genuine possibility. There are tens of thousands of asteroids classified as Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs),…

1 month ago

Asteroid Apophis’ 2029 Flyby Will Provide a Bonanza of Asteroid Science

If NASA and other space agencies don't want us to freak out about asteroids colliding with Earth, why do they…

2 months ago

Did the Earth’s Water Come From the Sun?

Where did Earth's water come from? Comets may have brought some of it. Asteroids may have brought some. Icy planetesimals…

2 months ago

An Upcoming Asteroid Mission Will be Able to Peer 100 Meters Under the Surface

Engineers only get one shot at making a spacecraft work as intended.  Or at least they only get one shot…

2 months ago

NASA Launches DART, to Learn how to Defend the Earth From a Future Asteroid Impact

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) just launched and will intercept a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) in ten months!

2 months ago

Early Earth was Pummeled 10x More Than Previously Estimated

It’s no secret that Earth was bombarded with plenty of meteors for billions of years during the solar system’s early…

3 months ago

Uh oh, one of Lucy’s Solar Arrays Hasn’t Latched Properly

As we’re fond of saying here at UT, space exploration is hard. Many things can go wrong when launching thousands…

3 months ago

Lucy is off to Visit Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

NASA's Lucy spacecraft is on its way. The spacecraft was launched into space on Saturday, October 16th on an Atlas…

3 months ago

What Are Your Options When you’ve Only Got Hours or Days to Prevent an Asteroid Impact?

Imagine a scenario where we detect an asteroid heading straight for Earth. Imagine that it will arrive in a couple…

3 months ago