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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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OSIRIS-REx probe detects water on asteroid Bennu

Just one week after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s official arrival at the asteroid Bennu, the mission’s scientists have announced a significant find: Water appears to be locked inside the diamond-shaped mini-world’s clay minerals. Two scientific instruments — known as the OSIRIS-REx Visible … Continue reading

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OSIRIS-REx probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx today made its official rendezvous with a promising and potentially perilous asteroid named Bennu, after two years of closing in on it. “We have arrived,” telecommunications engineer Javi Cerna announced during a NASA webcast from mission control at Lockheed … Continue reading

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Asteroid probe sees a diamond in the sky

Two years after its launch, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is closing in on a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu and sending back pictures that provide one gem of a 360-degree view. On Nov. 2, OSIRIS-REx captured imagery over the course of a four-hour, 11-minute period … Continue reading

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