Asteroids

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Nasa to slam spacecraft into asteroid in mission to avoid future Armageddon
Test drive of planetary defence system aims to provide data on how to deflect asteroids away from Earth

Linda Geddes

22, Nov, 2021 @4:04 PM

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Nasa makes final steps to launch asteroid deflection test
Dart mission is designed to spot an asteroid on collision course with Earth and deflect its path

Stuart Clark

12, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Near-Earth asteroid is a fragment from the moon, say scientists
Spectrum of reflected light from Kamo`oalewa closely matches lunar rocks from Nasa’s Apollo mission

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

11, Nov, 2021 @5:26 PM

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Carolyn Shoemaker obituary
American astronomer, leading asteroid hunter and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter

Michael Rowan-Robinson

27, Sep, 2021 @5:46 PM

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Why don’t we see more meteorites after big asteroid belt collisions?
Amount of cosmic debris reaching Earth has stayed surprisingly constant in last 500m years, say scientists

Kate Ravilious

03, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first
Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system origin

Ian Sample Science editor

22, Apr, 2021 @11:16 PM

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Much-feared asteroid Apophis won't hit Earth for at least 100 years, Nasa says
Chunk of space rock was once the ‘poster child for hazardous asteroids’ but it will be a while before humans need to worry about it again

Staff and agencies

27, Mar, 2021 @3:30 AM

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The five: space missions for 2021
After 2020, anyone would be forgiven for wanting to escape Earth, and Mars, the moon and the asteroid belt beckon

Ian Tucker

10, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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British engineers to start work on 'comet chaser' probe
Mission will record details about the composition of the astral bodies and could be launched in 2028

Ian Sample Science editor

14, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Hayabusa2 comes home: remarkable space probe could open another window into how life originated
The six-year round trip to an asteroid named Ryugu will end in the red sands of Woomera, Australia

Alice Gorman

04, Dec, 2020 @7:00 PM

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Rock of ages: how asteroid dust may reveal secrets of life on Earth
A six-year mission will soon bring back a few grains of soil that could explain how water arrived on our planet

Robin McKie Science editor

15, Nov, 2020 @10:15 AM

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Nasa Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu in mission to collect dust
Spacecraft ‘kissed the surface’ in brief landing on asteroid 200m miles away from Earth in US-first mission

Staff and agencies

21, Oct, 2020 @12:45 AM

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