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NASA backs two new missions to asteroids

Today is a great day for asteroid miners: NASA announced that it will provide full funding under its Discovery Program for two missions focusing on different types of asteroids. A mission called Lucy will launch in 2021 to study a … Continue reading

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Asteroid plan faces scrutiny in Trump transition

House Republicans are voicing renewed doubts about NASA’s plan to have astronauts study a piece of an asteroid – a turn of events that was expected for the transition to the Trump administration. The Asteroid Redirect Mission, or ARM, was a … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx begins round-trip flight to asteroid

NASA launched its OSIRIS-REx probe today on America’s first mission to snag samples from a near-Earth asteroid and bring them back to Earth – and added a Star Trek twist. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, tricked out with a single solid rocket booster, sent up … Continue reading

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Watch asteroid hunters play the Xtronaut game

Watching a couple of guys play a board game on streaming video may not sound exciting – unless those two guys also play the real-life asteroid-hunting game. That’s precisely the situation facing Chris Lewicki, president and CEO of Planetary Resources, based in … Continue reading

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Deep Space plans to land on asteroid by 2020

One of the two big players in the asteroid mining market, Deep Space Industries, today unveiled its plan to land a 110-pound spacecraft on a near-Earth asteroid by 2020. The spacecraft, known as Prospector-1, would study the yet-to-be-selected asteroid to determine … Continue reading

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Mass extinction traced to a ‘one-two punch’

Scientists generally agree that a catastrophic asteroid blast killed off the dinosaurs and most of Earth’s other species more than 65 million years ago, but newly described evidence supports the view that there was an additional culprit: rapid climate change … Continue reading

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Asteroid Day hits home with videos

One bad day is all it takes for an asteroid to set off a mass extinction. But Asteroid Day – which falls on June 30 – is set aside as one good day to focus on the effort to head off … Continue reading

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