An asteroid that orbits between Mars and Jupiter was named after the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.
The seven-year mission is the biggest and most ambitious mission since the Apollo moon rocks.
An asteroid passed by Earth at a very close distance last Aug. 28.
NASA's asteroid mission will be launched on Sept. 8 and the agency is in full preparation mode to send the spacecraft to an asteroid to collect samples that will be delivered back to Earth.
NASA to send a spacecraft to Bennu to study the 4.5 billion years old asteroid and collect sample to bring back on Earth.
Studying an asteroid is now in NASA’s future campaign. With the help of private companies, the space agency plans on capturing an asteroid for technology tests. Samples taken from the asteroid will also help in further studies about life on Earth.
Asteroid mining may indeed begin the next decade or maybe in a few more years as the commercial space mining company Deep Space Industries will launch its asteroid-surveying spacecraft in 2020.
Scientists found jumbled icy and rocky zones in dwarf planet Ceres’ interior, suggesting that the planet may be warmer inside
NASA will send OSIRIS-REx to investigate a giant asteroid that is capable of obliterating Earth if it hits the planet.
The DAWN spacecraft discovered that the dwarf planet Ceres is missing massive craters that are supposed to be there.
NASA revealed last Friday, that the agency will sail at full speed in terms of space exploration while waiting for the Jupiter's up close encounter courtesy of Juno on Aug.27.
The probe to find the origin of Mars oddly-shaped moons, Phobos and Deimos had yielded results that contradict former theories. Two recent studies suggest that the moons weren't asteroids captured by Mar's gravitational force, but remnants from a giant impact between Mars and a smaller protoplanet.
NASA scientists have decided that the Dawn spacecraft will be more useful if it stays on dwarf planet Ceres than a flyby on a mysterious object in the asteroid belt.
Asteroids could hit our planet one day, and the threat is serious.
A team of scientists has discovered tiny pieces of water-bearing opal (that did not belong to Earth) in a meteorite that was uncovered in Antartica. The discovery, according to lead scientist Prof. Hilary Downes of Brikbeck College London, shows that in the early life of the Solar System, meteorites delivered water ice to asteroids.