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Asteroid samples leave Japan scientists 'speechless'

Apo - Scientists in Japan said Tuesday they were left "speechless" when they saw how much asteroid dust was inside a capsule delivered by the Hayabusa-2 space probe in an unprecedented mission.

Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in box from Japan probe

Apo - Black sandy dust found in a capsule brought to Earth by a Japanese space probe is from the distant asteroid Ryugu, scientists confirmed after opening it on Monday.

Japan space agency hails return of asteroid dust on Earth

Apo - Japan space agency officials on Sunday hailed the arrival of rare asteroid samples on Earth after they were collected by space probe Hayabusa-2 during an unprecedented mission.

Asteroid dust collected by Japan probe arrives on Earth

Apo - In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.

Special delivery: Japan space probe to bring asteroid dust to Earth

Apo - Call it a special delivery: after six years in space, Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe is heading home, but only to drop off its rare asteroid samples before starting a new mission.

Asteroid to make near-Earth approach one day before election

The year just keeps getting better and better. We're in the midst of a pandemic, we have civil unrest, a contentious election, a double whammy of tropical storms approaching our Gulf states - and now - an asteroid is zooming toward us.

Asteroid near-miss — 'We didn't see it coming' says NASA

No one detected the pick-up truck-sized asteroid that whizzed past Earth on Sunday until six hours after it had passed. It flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of our planet.

Asteroid flying by Earth seems to be observing COVID-18 protocol

Even space rocks are observing COVID-19 protocol. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is tracking an asteroid called 1998 OR2 and captured a radar view of the traveler that makes it look like it's sporting a face mask.

Earth captures new 'mini moon'

Washington - Earth has acquired a second "mini-moon" about the size of a car, according to astronomers who spotted the object circling our planet.The mass -- roughly 1.9-3.

Asteroid impact crater found off the coast of Scotland

The location of an ancient impact crater made by the biggest asteroid ever to hit Britain has been traced to a spot under the sea between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.

What if an asteroid was about to hit Earth? Scientists ponder question

College Park - Here's a hypothetical: a telescope detects an asteroid between 100 and 300 meters in diameter racing through our solar system at 14 kilometers per second, 57 million kilometers from Earth.

NASA selects SpaceX to provide launch services for DART mission

Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has been awarded a launch services contract for NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, scheduled to take place in June 2021.

Surprise! — Asteroid Bennu caught spewing particles into space

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 suspense is over — Hayabusu2 rovers made safe landing

Whew - The suspense is finally over. JAXA's two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they've even sent back some wild images from their new home.

OSIRIS-REx captures first images of asteroid Bennu

Osiris-REx, NASA's asteroid-sampling spacecraft, has captured its very first images of the deep-space target it’s currently hurtling toward — a nearly half-mile-wide space rock orbiting the Sun named Bennu.

After two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx closes in on asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has met another milestone in its seven-year mission. OSIRIS began its final approach toward the 1,650-foot-wide space rock on August 17, officially beginning its "asteroid operations" phase.

Japan space probe reaches asteroid in search for origin of life

Apo - A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million kilometres away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space.

Visitor from alien star system wears insulating coat: astronomers

Paris - A cigar-shaped rock zooming through our Solar System -- the first object from a foreign star system ever spotted in our midst -- is cloaked in a coat of organic material, astronomers said Monday.

No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

Paris - No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday.

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

Washington - A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation.

Asteroid grazes past Earth in 'critical' rehearsal

Paris - A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday, passing harmlessly inside the Moon's orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth on April 19

Paris - An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, according to astronomers.

Asteroid just flew by Earth and we barely saw it coming

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

Water detected on asteroid named Psyche

Houston - Water has been detected water on the largest metallic asteroid in the solar system by a team of NASA scientists. The asteroid is called Psyche and it could become the target of a space mission.

Scientists warn Earth to prepare for killer asteroid

Houston - It may seem like the plot of a sci-fi disaster movie, but NASA scientists have given serious consideration of how the Earth should defend itself against an asteroid should such a space rock be on a collision course with our planet.

Did Earth’s precious metals come from an asteroid impact?

Houston - Earth has an abundance of precious metals, such as gold and silver. The high proportion of these has led some scientists to speculate the metals did not originate on the planet.

Space rock named after Freddie Mercury

The late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, has had an asteroid name in his honor. Mercury posthumously joins fellow Queen member Brian May with a space rock naming.

Queen's Freddie Mercury would be 70, has asteroid named after him

The International Astronomical Union is throwing some of that crazy little thing called love at the late-Freddie Mercury to mark his 70th birthday. One of the more sparkling stars in rock history, the British singer now has an asteroid named after him.

NASA moves on to next phase of Asteroid Redirect Mission

A movie trailer plays before you: the best space scientists of the private and public sector are teaming up to carry out an incredible mission — to relocate a scientifically-vital asteroid from space, into the orbit of the Moon.

100-foot diameter asteroid to pass close to Earth on March 5

A small asteroid that passed by Earth at a distance of 1.3 million miles away two years ago is set to make a return appearance on March 5. This time, it could come much closer to Earth, perhaps as close as 11,000 miles, says NASA.
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NASA s Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17  2011. It was taken fr...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0.88 miles (1.4 kilometers).
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Urashima Taro encounters children on the beach who are  toying with  a turtle.
The source is: 14. Ur...
Urashima Taro encounters children on the beach who are "toying with" a turtle. The source is: 14. Urashima Taro (うらしま太郎) in: Japanese Ministry of Education (1928) Jinjō shōgaku kokugo tokuhon, kan 3[1], Nihon Shoseki, pages 39–46. Circa: 1928.
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Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team on Oct. 9  2012.
Asteroid 2012 TC4 as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory team on Oct. 9, 2012.
Remanzacco Observatory team
An artist s rendering of a Near Earth Object (NEO)
An artist's rendering of a Near Earth Object (NEO)
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Graphic indicates the cloud of possible locations asteroid 2013 TX68 will be in at the time of its c...
Graphic indicates the cloud of possible locations asteroid 2013 TX68 will be in at the time of its closest approach to Earth during its flyby of our planet on March 5, 2016.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Deep Space asteroid harvester
Deep Space asteroid harvester
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The dwarf planet Ceres  also the largest asteroid in the solar system  is seen here in an amazing vi...
The dwarf planet Ceres, also the largest asteroid in the solar system, is seen here in an amazing view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), L. McFadden (University of Maryland)
A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
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A major impact event releases the energy of several million nuclear weapons detonating simultaneousl...
A major impact event releases the energy of several million nuclear weapons detonating simultaneously when an asteroid of only a few kilometers in diameter collides with a larger body such as the Earth (image: artist's impression).
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This shows the size of asteroid 2012 DA14 as it compares to a NASA space shuttle. 2012 DA14 is about...
This shows the size of asteroid 2012 DA14 as it compares to a NASA space shuttle. 2012 DA14 is about 164 feet (50 meters) across.
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2012 TC4  orbital diagram
2012 TC4, orbital diagram
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Concept art of the Pysche mission and 16 Pysche  for the Discovery Program.
Concept art of the Pysche mission and 16 Pysche, for the Discovery Program.
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NASA map shows the locations in Eastern Europe  Asia and Australia  where the asteroid 2012 DA14 may...
NASA map shows the locations in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia, where the asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in telescopes during its close Earth flyby on Feb. 15, 2013.
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An asteroid will pass by earth closely on October 31
An asteroid will pass by earth closely on October 31
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Artist s impression of a 1000 km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth.
Artist's impression of a 1000 km-diameter planetoid hitting a young Earth.
Don Davis — work commissioned by NASA
Graphic shows the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during close approach  as seen edge-on to Earth s...
Graphic shows the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during close approach, as seen edge-on to Earth's equatorial plane.
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An artist s concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
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