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Lucy Spacecraft at Trojan Asteroid

NASA’s record-breaking Lucy spacecraft has a new asteroid target

Artist’s impression of NASA’s Lucy spacecraft on an asteroid. Credit: NASA Jupiter. Originally, Lucy was not scheduled to get a close-up view of any asteroids until 2025, when it will fly by the main belt asteroid (52246) Donaldjohanson. However, the Lucy team identified a small, as-yet unnamed asteroid in the inner main belt, designated (152830) …

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Sudden asteroid flyby shows blind spot in detecting planetary threats

Sudden asteroid flyby shows blind spot in detecting planetary threats

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The discovery of an asteroid the size of a small transport truck just days before its passage to Earth on Thursday, although it poses no threat to humans, highlights a blind spot in our ability to predict which ones might actually cause damage, astronomers say. For years, NASA prioritized detecting …

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Sudden asteroid flyby shows blind spot in detecting planetary threats

Sudden asteroid flyby shows blind spot in detecting planetary threats

By Joey Roulette WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The discovery of an asteroid the size of a small transport truck just days before it passes Earth on Thursday, although it poses no threat to humans, highlights a blind spot in our ability to predict which ones might actually cause damage, astronomers say. For years, NASA prioritized detecting …

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Asteroid Ryugu

An ancient asteroid gives insight into the evolution of our solar system

Asteroid Ryugu – Image taken at 20 km on June 26, 2018, diameter 870 m. Credit: Hayabusa2/JAXA A large international collaboration has used the Diamond light source Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to …

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This rare asteroid may be worth 70,000 times the world's economy.  Now NASA is sending a spacecraft to explore it.

This rare asteroid may be worth 70,000 times the world’s economy. Now NASA is sending a spacecraft to explore it.

NASA’s mission to an asteroid that could be worth 70,000 times the world’s economy is set to begin this year. The space agency decided in 2017 that humanity would benefit from closer examination of 16 Psyches. The Psyche mission was originally scheduled to take place in late 2022 but was delayed due to “development issues”. …

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This illustration shows what the Centaur Chariklo and its rings could look like, based on our current understanding.

James Webb Space Telescope finds water ice on ringed asteroid Chariklo ‘by remarkable luck’

The most complete plans need a pinch of luck, even in space. In October 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) looked like Chariklo, a tiny ringed asteroid, eclipsed a star. This event, called an occultation, marked a first for Webb. At the end of the month, Webb turned back to Chariklo and …

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Asteroid mining startup plans its first private deep-space mission

Asteroid mining startup plans its first private deep-space mission

The OrbAstro ORB-50 satellite platform will house a variety of instruments needed to assess the target asteroid from a distance. Drawing: Intuitive machines AstroForge has announced an ambitious commercial mission to observe a distant asteroid – a major milestone for the California-based startup as it strives to become the world’s first deep-space mining company. AstroForge …

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SpaceX will launch an asteroid mining spacecraft alongside a private lunar lander

SpaceX will launch an asteroid mining spacecraft alongside a private lunar lander

SpaceX customer Intuitive Machines said it would use spare capacity during one of its lunar lander launches to send startup AstroForge’s first asteroid prospecting spacecraft into deep space. Intuitive Machines’ second Nova-C Moon lander is scheduled to launch no earlier than (NET) Q4 2023 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The IM-2 lander is the …

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Scientists offer a new explanation for a mystery surrounding Jupiter's two massive asteroid swarms

Scientists offer a new explanation for a mystery surrounding Jupiter’s two massive asteroid swarms

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 public domain An international team of scientists, including NYU Abu Dhabi researcher Nikolaos Georgakarakos and others from the United States, Japan and China, led by Jian Li of Nanjing University, have developed new ideas that could explain the numerical asymmetry of Jupiter Trojan Swarms L4 and L5, two clusters containing more than 10,000 …

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Part of the antenna array at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.

Scientists Just Tried To See Inside An Asteroid With Radio Waves From This HAARP Network

Scientists have used a former US military research facility famous for its weather control conspiracy theories to learn more about the interior of a passing asteroid. The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an array of 180 antennas located in Gakona, Alaska capable of sending powerful high frequency radio pulses into the sky …

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