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NASA Plans to Put Asteroid in Orbit Near Moon

Lassoing Asteroid

NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.

FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2013 file photo, the Orion Exploration Flight Test 1crew module is seen in the Operations and Checkout building during a media


Close Pass by Asteroid Expected Next Week


An asteroid will give Earth a historically close shave next week, but there’s no chance that the space rock will slam into our planet on this pass, experts say.

Projected Trajectory of approaching Asteroid

The 150-foot-wide (45 meters) asteroid 2012 DA14 will zoom within 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) of


Asteroid Mining Company Plans Launch in 2015

asteroid mining

A new asteroid-mining company launches Tuesday with the goal of helping humanity expand across the solar system by tapping the vast riches of space rocks.

The new firm, called Deep Space Industries, Inc., announced today (Jan. 22) that it plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft


Did You Know: Huge Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Night?


Asteroid 2012 QG42 passed near earth at a speed of 7 miles per second.

On Thursday night, an asteroid about the size of a 14-story building will hurtle past Earth at the mind-bending speed of 7 miles per second.

And one month ago, scientists didn’t even know it existed.

Asteroid 2012 QG42


Asteroid Sample Returning to Earth

An artist's impression of Japan's space probe Hayabusa and an asteroid, called Itokawa

Scientists are anxiously awaiting the return of Hayabusa – Japanese for “Falcon” – in the hope that the probe has successfully gathered tiny fragments of space rock, which could provide more clues about the origin of the solar system.

Hayabusa, which


Smaller Asteroids Potentially Devastating

The asteroid that caused the extensive damage at Tunguska Russia was much smaller than we had thought,” says Sandia principal investigator Mark Boslough of the impact that occurred June 30, 1908. “That such a small object can do this kind of destruction suggests that smaller asteroids are something to consider. Their


NASA Concerned About Asteroid TU24 Trajectory

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Asteroid 2007 TU24 has NASA concerned. A former colleague of mine is now a contract worker for NASA who develops and maintains the software applications for the Solar System Dynamic simulator and other NASA applications. He called me last night


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