Asteroids
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 1 week
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
Striking find  ESA · 1 week
Space Science Image of the Week: Citizen scientist spots asteroid in Hubble image of Crab Nebula more
Talking to the team  ESA · 1 week
French podcast Les Explorateurs talks to two members of the Hera asteroid mission team, manager Ian Carnelli (in French) and asteroid astronomer Alan Fitsimmons (in English) more
Pyramid-Size Asteroid to Hurtle Past Earth (Again)  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A fast-moving visitor is approaching our cosmic neighborhood. Dubbed 2019 SX5, this near-Earth object is about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. more
Pyramid-Size Asteroid Hurtles Past Earth (Again)  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A fast-moving visitor is approaching our cosmic neighborhood. Dubbed 2019 SX5, this near-Earth object is about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. more
Researchers discover how water is regenerated on asteroids  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists have discovered how water molecules can be regenerated on asteroids moving through space, in an exciting breakthrough that could extend to other bodies such as the moon. more
Astronomers find cyanide gas in interstellar object 2I/Borisov  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When the mysterious object known as 'Oumuamua passed Earth in October of 2017, astronomers rejoiced. In addition to being the first interstellar object detected in our solar system, its arrival opened our... more
Video: Steering Hera  ESA · 2 weeks
Spain's Xataka TV visits GMV in Madrid, where the company is testing the navigation software that will let ESA's Hera mission for planetary defence thread its way around the Didymos... more
Japan spacecraft releases rover to asteroid in last mission  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released a small rover that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part its final mission before heading back to... more
African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12,800 years ago, leading to global consequences including climate change, and... more
Image: Hera logo aboard ISS  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The logo for Hera, ESA's proposed asteroid mission for planetary defense, has already reached space, thanks to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, who snapped this photo from the cupola of the International Space Station. The Hera mission itself is... more
New research supports hypothesis that asteroid contributed to mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago, leading... more
Asteroid mission on high  ESA · 3 weeks
Technology image of the week: the logo of ESA’s Hera asteroid mission for planetary defence aboard the International Space Station more
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur-killing asteroid collision  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth 66 million years ago, the plankton at the base of the ocean... more
Ocean ecosystems take two million years to recover after mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Around 66m years ago, a giant asteroid struck the Earth, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, ammonites, and many other species. more
Light-activated metal catalyst destroys cancer cells' vital energy source  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A space-age metal that formed part of the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs could provide a new method of treating cancer tumors selectively using light. more
New study complicates theory that ancient impact pierced Moon's crust  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The moon's largest and oldest impact crater likely doesn't have minerals from below the lunar crust on its surface, complicating a theory that an ancient massive impact event... more
NASA to develop mission to search for near-Earth asteroids  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
After years of study and failed proposals, NASA has decided to proceed with development of a space-based telescope... more
Light-activated metal compound cuts off cancer cell's 'power source'  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 weeks
A space-age metal that formed part of the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs could provide a new method of treating cancer tumors selectively using light. more
Light-activated metal catalyst destroys cancer cells' vital energy source  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A space-age metal that formed part of the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs could provide a new method of treating cancer tumors selectively using light. more
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