Asteroids
Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft departed from a distant asteroid on Wednesday, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that could provide clues to... more
The voyage home: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe will leave its orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that could shed light on... more
Image: Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
This replica model of ESA's 'Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer', or M-Argo, was on display at the Agency's recent Antennas workshop. It is the one of numerous small missions planned as part of ESA's Technology Strategy, being presented at this... more
Suitcase-sized asteroid explorer  ESA · 7 days
Image: This replica model of ESA’s ‘Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer’, or M-Argo, was on display at the Agency’s recent Antennas workshop. It is the one of numerous small missions... more
Signs of Ancient Microbes Found within 381-Million-Year-Old Crater  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Fractured rocks of impact craters may be suitable hosts for deep microbial communities on Earth and potentially other terrestrial planets,... more
Apollo astronaut champions Hera for planetary defence  ESA · 1 week
Having spent much of the 21st century developing planetary defence techniques, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart is a strong supporter of ESA’s proposed... more
Asteroid Impacts Might Wipe Out Alien Life Around Dwarf Stars  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
What's the recipe for a living planet? A new paper suggests that the right number of impacts is a key ingredient. more
Astronomers Measure Size and Shape of Main-Belt Asteroid Hygiea  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Hygiea is the fourth largest main belt asteroid and the only known asteroid whose surface composition appears similar... more
ESO telescope reveals what could be the smallest dwarf planet yet in the solar system  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers using ESO's SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could... more
ESO telescope reveals what could be the smallest dwarf planet yet in the solar system  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers using ESO's SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could... more
NASA taps telecommunications technology to develop more capable, miniaturized spectrometer  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A technology that has enabled ever-faster delivery of voice and data over the Internet and other telecommunications platforms could play a front-and-center role in NASA's quest to develop... more
Chinese commercial launch companies are preparing second generation rockets  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Chinese launch companies are developing new, larger launchers; asteroid mining startup receives angel round funding. SpaceNews.com more
Study: Asteroid Impact, Not Volcanism, was Key in Driving End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The end-Cretaceous mass extinction 66 million years ago eradicated roughly 75% of the animal and plant species on Earth, including whole groups like non-avian... more
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Lucy mission led by Southwest Research Institute is one step closer to its 2021 launch to explore the Trojan asteroids, a population of ancient small bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter. With the successful... more
Europe's largest meteorite crater home to deep ancient life  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested to host deep microbial communities on Earth, and potentially other terrestrial planets, yet direct evidence remains elusive. In a new study published... more
Near-Earth asteroids spectroscopic survey at the Isaac Newton telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The study of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is driven by both scientific and practical reasons. Because of their proximity to our planet, they can provide key information regarding the delivery of... more
Image: Foreground asteroid passing the Crab Nebula  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When astronomers use the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study the deep sky, asteroids from our solar system can leave their marks on the captured pictures of far-away galaxies or nebulae. But rather than... more
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