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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.

Near-Earth asteroid to adorn the night sky on Halloween

Amateur space explorers are yet to get the best surprise they could have this Halloween as one “spooky” asteroid is expected to dash across Northern American skies on the evening of October 31.

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

Paris - Large amounts of water may exist on numerous deep space bodies, said a study Thursday that raises the theoretical odds of another planet like Earth sporting the life-giving resource.

Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1 narrowly missed Earth on Tuesday

Asteroid 2015 HD1, a small and faint asteroid, about 50 feet across, missed Earth by a hair's breadth at about 3 a.m. CDT ( 8 UTC), Tuesday, April 21, hurtling past at just 45,600 miles (73,400 kilometers) or 0.2 lunar distance.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2014-YB35 makes close Earth approach Friday

A massive space rock, asteroid 2014-YB35, about 1 km across, will hurtle past Earth on Friday at a speed of 23,000 mph, passing safely at a distance of 2.8 million miles at closest approach, about 11.7 times the distance of between Earth and Moon.

Largest known asteroid crater found in Australia

Two massive underground domes found in the Earth's crust in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia represent the remains of the largest known asteroid impact crater on our planet.

Got binoculars? Check out Monday's asteroid fly-by

Pasadena - Got binoculars? Monday's close encounter with Asteroid 2004 BL86 is probably the best time you'll have to use them for sky-watching in the next 13 years.

NASA: Huge asteroid 2004 BL86 will narrowly miss Earth, Jan. 26

Pasadena - A massive asteroid, about a third of a mile in diameter, will pass close to Earth on Jan. 26. NASA says asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass safely, making closest approach at about three times the distance of Earth to the moon at 16:20 UTC, or 11:20 a.m. EST.

Dwarf planet is possible new source of life in our solar system

A potential new source of alien life in our own solar system will be explored by a NASA probe in March 2015. Scientists think that the so-called "dwarf planet," Ceres, could have the right conditions for life to exist and may even be habitable for humans.

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Toukyo - Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Newly discovered asteroid paying close visit to earth

A newly discovered asteroid will be paying a visit Sunday night as it zips remarkably close to earth over New Zealand at approximately 2:18 p.m. EDT (18:18 UTC/GMT).

TopFinds: Russell Brand-BBC interview goes viral, asteroid scare

Watch how actor Russell Brand handles an interview with a BBC presenter. An asteroid nearly missed hitting Earth. Read about a blind Digital Journalist who doesn't let his disability crush his dreams. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Asteroid narrowly misses the Earth

Houston - An asteroid has "narrowly" missed the planet, coming within 4.2 million miles. The incident happened in September but has only now been announced due to the U.S. government shutdown.

NASA wants you to help find killer-asteroids

In a move that might one day save the world, if not bring out the best minds in amateur science, NASA put out a call to citizens and space geeks everywhere today: if you have ideas on how to locate or destroy killer-asteroids, we want to hear from you.
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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.
NASA
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday s flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth s closest asteroid encounter unt...
CELESTIAL: NASA says Monday's flyby of Comet 2004 BL86 is the Earth's closest asteroid encounter until 2027.
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Depiction of the asteroid that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Depiction of the asteroid that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
By Don Davis/NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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.
NASA/JPL-Caltech
An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Tele...
An image of the 2005 YU55 asteroid generated from data taken in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico
Courtesy NASA
Shows the area of North America where asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in amateur astronomers  tele...
Shows the area of North America where asteroid 2012 DA14 may be visible in amateur astronomers' telescopes at 7 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2013.
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Deep Space asteroid harvester
Deep Space asteroid harvester
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NASA chart depicts asteroid 2012 DA14 s position and times during its Feb. 15  2013 flyby of Earth. ...
NASA chart depicts asteroid 2012 DA14's position and times during its Feb. 15, 2013 flyby of Earth. The asteroid will approach within 17,200 miles of Earth.
NASA/JPL
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.
Japanese Ministry of Education
Orbit of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Dust samples were collected from this asteroid by a Japanese space ...
Orbit of asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Dust samples were collected from this asteroid by a Japanese space probe and returned to Earth. AU= Astronomical Unit= 149,597,870.7 kilometres.
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Asteroid 2015 HD1
Asteroid 2015 HD1
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This artist s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and ...
This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.
NASA
An artist s concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
An artist's concept of the NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission.
JPL-CalTech/NASA
 Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest on February 15  2013.It will pass much closer than the orbit o...
"Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest on February 15, 2013.It will pass much closer than the orbit of the moon - closer even that orbiting geosynchronous satellites (22,000 miles). "
NASA
Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29  2014.
Image of asteroid 101955 Bennu taken by Indian Space Research Organization on June 29, 2014.
ISRO
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)
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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A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
A retouched photo of an asteroid rocketing towards Earth
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Radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 captured by the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico.
Radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 captured by the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico.
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