NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

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WASHINGTON — NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.

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First Radar Glance Reveals that Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a Moon

That’s no moon. … Oh, yes it is! Image Credit: NASA/JPL

The asteroid 1998 QE2, which is making its pass this week, apparently has a moon, as shown in the video below.

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New Members of Asteroid Families Discovered by WISE

An asteroid “family” is comprised of fragments of a parent body that was broken up during a collision. Image Credit: NASA / JPL / Caltech

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has found new members of asteroid families. This was accomplished by reviewing millions of images collected during the asteroid-hunting part of the […]

Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars: A Review

Buzz Aldrin has released a book about the topic of a manned mission to Mars. Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

On May 7, veteran astronaut and space advocate Buzz Aldrin releases his new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration. Co-written with respected space journalist Leonard David, the […]

Comet ISON Meteor Shower

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Anticipation is building as Comet ISON plunges into the inner solar system for a close encounter with the sun in November 2013. Blasted at point-blank range by solar radiation, the sungrazer will likely become one of the finest comets in many years.

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How to Target an Asteroid

This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact’s impactor spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

Like many of his colleagues at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days. And also like many of his colleagues, the deep space […]

The Long and Storied Path to Human Asteroid Exploration

This June 1978 artist’s concept shows a space solar power system surrounded by an active asteroid retrieval mission. A NASA-sponsored study on space manufacturing held at Ames Research Center provided much of the technical basis for the painting.Image Credit: NASA/Denise Watt

Within NASA’s new FY2014 budget proposal lies a project known as the […]

NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test

Asteroid exploration has taken on renewed importance in recent years, with the close passage of 2012 DA14 in February 2013 drawing worldwide public attention. In addition to the proposed NEOCam telescope mission, NASA has announced plans for this Asteroid Retrieval Spacecraft, which may culminate in a mission as early as 2021 to bring […]

Will Mars Be Hit By Comet?

Will a comet strike the planet Mars next year? If it does, what does this mean for NASA’s Mars Program? Image Credit: NASA

We might lose one of the two rovers currently roaming Mars, maybe even one of the orbiters that are presently circling the Red Planet—but not due to age or a […]

Last Week's Meteor and Asteroid Mayhem: A Review

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The universe fired two warning shots across the Earth’s bow within the same 24-hour period this past week. The first was a large meteor that exploded over central Russia, which was followed by the closest predicted pass of an asteroid. These two events took place only half […]