Tag Archives: Asteroids

Co-author of extinction study looks ahead

After days of puzzling over secondhand reports, anyone with an internet connection can now read a research paper about a fossil graveyard in North Dakota that appears to document the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid pushed the … Continue reading

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A killing field from the day the dinosaurs died

First, there was a violent shock. Then, there was the roar of a 30-foot-high wave of water, throwing fish onto a sandbar in what is now North Dakota. Then there was a hail of molten rock, pelting dying fish and … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx probe spots asteroid hurling chunks

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn’t been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space. The mission’s scientists shared pictures of the plumes as well as the unexpectedly rugged terrain on the asteroid, known as … Continue reading

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Watch a Japanese probe blast an asteroid

If there was ever any doubt that Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft was able to get access to samples from an asteroid called Ryugu last month, a video released today should put those doubts to rest. The black-and-white video clip, shot by the … Continue reading

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Hayabusa 2 probe touches down on asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft successfully touched down today on asteroid Ryugu, more than 200 million miles from Earth, during an operation aimed at blasting away and collecting a sample from the space rock. The 18-foot-wide spacecraft was programmed to extend a yard-long tube … Continue reading

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Bradford acquires DSI asteroid mining venture

Bradford Space Group says it’s acquired California-based Deep Space Industries, which means that both of the ventures that were created to mine asteroids have now been bought up to focus on different priorities. The other asteroid-mining venture, Redmond, Wash.-based Planetary Resources, was purchased in … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx enters close orbit around asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft today maneuvered into an orbit that takes it within 4,000 feet of the surface of Bennu, a diamond-shaped asteroid that’s 70 million miles from Earth. The orbit sets a record for interplanetary travel. The quarter-mile-wide asteroid is … Continue reading

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