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What to do if an asteroid comes our way

If an asteroid strikes, don’t head for the hills, or the windows: Head for the basement. A study aimed at sorting out the effects of a catastrophic asteroid impact found that violent winds and pressure shock waves would be the … Continue reading

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Luxembourg and Seattle forge space links

Luxembourg’s royal heir and its top economic official got the grand tour of the Seattle area today, deepening a business relationship that could someday turn far-flung asteroids into the next commercial frontier. “The exciting field of space technology could enable … Continue reading

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Luxembourg leaders dig asteroid mining

Luxembourg’s Crown Prince Guillaume and Deputy Prime Minister Étienne Schneider will be leading a delegation from the tiny European nation on a trip to the Seattle area on Monday. The main attraction? Asteroid mining, of course. Last year, Planetary Resources struck … Continue reading

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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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$28 million deal boosts asteroid mining

Planetary Resources says it has finalized a $28 million (€25 million) agreement with Luxembourg to ramp up its asteroid mining campaign. The deal calls for the tiny European nation’s government and one of its top banking institutions, the Société Nationale de … 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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