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Why Japan is landing hopping robots on an asteroid

Japan has landed two hopping robots onto asteroid Ryugu as part of the Hayabusa2 mission. It’s Japan’s second mission to an asteroid, where it plans to return some samples of Ryugu to Earth by the early 2020s. So that scientists can study the samples with more sophisticated instruments and hopefuly […]
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The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered a natural disaster that scientists hadn’t realised, according to new clues from the ocean floor

Scientists have long known that an asteroid slammed in Earth and created the Chicxulub Crater, which contributed to the dinosaurs’ extinction 66 million years ago. Scientists have struggled to determine whether the volcanic activity or the global cooling that resulted from the asteroid impact were more responsible for the extinction […]
The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered a natural disaster that scientists hadn’t realised, according to new clues from the ocean floor
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VIDEO: Two astronomers caught footage of something slamming into Jupiter

Jupiter got hit by something large enough to cause a flash visible to amateur astronomers on Earth. Austrian Gerrit Kernbauer was filming Jupiter through his 7.8-inch (200mm) telescope on March 17, but he didn’t process the video until two days ago. “The seeing was not the best, so i hesitated […]
VIDEO: Two astronomers caught footage of something slamming into Jupiter
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Another Asteroid Will Zoom Past Earth Tomorrow

[credit provider=”Flickr/lwpkommunikacio” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwpkommunikacio/7313468438/”] A newly discovered asteroid with a size of a football field will zoom past Earth Mar. 9 just days after another cosmic rock cruised past Earth at a distance less than moon’s orbit.The Catalina Sky Survey discovered asteroid 2013 ET with an estimated size of 100 meters, […]
Another Asteroid Will Zoom Past Earth Tomorrow
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A ‘Nation-Busting’ Asteroid Could Hit Earth In 2036

[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” last night to discuss the potential of Earth-smashing asteroids. Even small asteroids, like the one that recently exploded over Russia, can cause disaster. It caused thousands of injuries from the shockwave that blew out windows and shook buildings.
A ‘Nation-Busting’ Asteroid Could Hit Earth In 2036
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Scientists Track Down The Origins Of The Russian Meteor

[credit provider=”AP”] Earlier this month, a medium-sized meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere, leading to an explosion over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk that blew out windows, caused walls to collapse, and injured more than 1,000 people with flying glass shards.The fireball was well-documented by Russians, largely due to the widespread use […]
Scientists Track Down The Origins Of The Russian Meteor
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Asteroid Deflection Program Has Chosen Its Test Target

[credit provider=”ESA”] A mission that aims to slam a spacecraft into a near-Earth asteroid now officially has a target — a space rock called Didymos.The joint European/U.S. Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission, or AIDA, will work to intercept Didymos in 2022, when the space rock is about 6.8 million miles […]
Asteroid Deflection Program Has Chosen Its Test Target
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Spray-Painting Asteroids Could Save Earth From Fiery Doom

[credit provider=”Shutterstock”] The dramatic space rock events of last week highlighted the need in many people’s minds for a viable asteroid-deflection strategy, and one scientist thinks he has a good candidate — paint.On Friday (Feb. 15), the 130-foot (40 meters) asteroid 2012 DA14 gave Earth a historically close shave, missing the planet […]
Spray-Painting Asteroids Could Save Earth From Fiery Doom
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Astronomers Are Planning Dramatic Ways To Stop An Asteroid Collision

[credit provider=”Screenshot”] WORRYING about the threats posed by space rocks has traditionally been the preserve of the paranoid. No one doubts that asteroids have hit Earth in the past, with nasty consequences, but because the chances of any such event happening in a given year are so low, most people […]
Astronomers Are Planning Dramatic Ways To Stop An Asteroid Collision
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Divers Search Frozen Russian Lake For Meteorite Fragments

[credit provider=”Chelyabinsk Police/AFP”] Divers scoured the bottom of a Russian lake on Saturday for fragments of a meteorite that plunged to Earth in a blinding fireball whose shockwaves injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes.The 10-tonnes meteor streaked across the sky in the Urals region on Friday morning just […]
Divers Search Frozen Russian Lake For Meteorite Fragments