Asteroids

Environmental Concerns Could Drive Asteroid Mining

Asteroid mining is one of those topics that sounds like it's straight out of science fiction. But, in recent years,…

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After DART Smashed Into Dimorphos, What Happened to the Larger Asteroid Didymos?

NASA's DART mission (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) slammed into asteroid Dimorphos in September 2022, changing its orbital period. Ground and…

1 month ago

There are 14,000 Near Earth Asteroids Left to Find

Everyone likes a cool infographic, right? Does that statement hold even if the infographic points out a gap in our…

2 months ago

A Hypervelocity Experiment Mimics the Surface Conditions of Ceres

It might be oxymoronic to say that the more we find out about something, the more mysterious it becomes. But…

2 months ago

Can We Find the Heaviest Elements in Asteroids?

Uranium is the heaviest element found in large amounts on Earth, with an atomic number of 92. Although heavier elements…

2 months ago

OSIRIS-REx Returned Carbon and Water from Asteroid Bennu

Carbon and water are so common on Earth that they're barely worth mentioning. But not if you're a scientist. They…

2 months ago

Watch OSIRIS-REx Release its Sample Capsule

Most of the spacecraft we send out into the Solar System are never meant to return. Time, space, and entropy…

2 months ago

NASA Opens the Lid on OSIRIS-REx's Sample Capsule

NASA teams have started the intricate process of removing the samples of asteroid Bennu from their canister.

2 months ago

Lucy Has its First Asteroid Target in the Crosshairs

NASA's Lucy spacecraft launched almost one year ago, in October of 2021. Its journey is an ambitious one, and long.…

3 months ago

DART Had a Surprising Impact on its Target

After NASA's DART mission slammed into asteroid Dimorphous in September 2022, scientists determined the impact caused tons of rock to…

3 months ago