Tag Archives: Asteroids

Is weird object a starship? Scientists will check

Is that cigar-shaped, fast-moving interstellar object a spaceship? Almost certainly not, but Breakthrough Listen will check just to make sure. The Breakthrough Listen campaign, which checks celestial targets for radio signals from intelligent civilizations, will turn the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia toward … Continue reading

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It’s confirmed: Interstellar asteroid is an oddball

Scientists say the interstellar asteroid known as ‘Oumuamua is like nothing that’s been seen in the solar system before, with an “extreme oblong shape” that’s as much as 10 times as long as it is wide. The details are laid … Continue reading

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Planetary Resources’ next satellite is ready to fly

Planetary Resources has been working on its Arkyd-6 imaging satellite for years, and today the company reported that the printer-sized spacecraft has finally begun its journey to an Indian launch pad. Arkyd-6 is considered a technology trailblazer for the asteroid-observing probes that Planetary … Continue reading

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NASA shows off OSIRIS-REx’s snapshot of Earth

During last week’s flyby, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured a stunning portrait of Earth’s disk, spanning the Pacific from Australia to America’s West Coast. The color composite image, created from readings that were captured on Sept. 22 while the asteroid probe zoomed past at an altitude … Continue reading

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Asteroid probe buzzes Earth as its fans watch

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft took pictures — and had its picture taken — as it zoomed past Earth today on its way to the asteroid Bennu. The close encounter served as much more than a photo op: OSIRIS-REx’s gravity-assist maneuver was an essential … Continue reading

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Science educator celebrates his asteroid

The Pacific Science Center’s senior adviser, Dennis Schatz, has achieved a kind of fame that so far has eluded the likes of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: getting his name on an asteroid. Asteroid Schatz joins more … Continue reading

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Why asteroids loom as future space frontier

It’s been 55 years since satellite communications became the first commercial space frontier, and space tourism is looming as the next frontier. But what comes after that? Would you believe in-space mining and manufacturing? Those are the opportunities that came to the fore on … Continue reading

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