NASA is funding an in-space manufacturing company, Made In Space, to see how asteroids can be turned in an autonmous off-Earth mining spacecraft.
NASA will launch its asteroid-hunting missions using the OSIRIS-ReX spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin. The spacecraft will collect asteroid samples in 2018 and is expected to arrive on Earth in 2023.
Amateur astronomers led a study to find out how many asteroids and meteors hit Jupiter each year. Initial findings revealed that a total of 6 to 7 impacts are experienced by the planet annually.
DSI and Luxembourg signed an MoU stating their willingness to cooperate to develop asteroid mining tecnhologies.
In Denver, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx was recently completed and is being tested. In late 2016, it will launch on the trip to the asteroid Bennu, where it will retrieve a rock sample and return it to Earth.
New evidence suggests that periodic mass extinctions occurring over the past 260 million years are directly linked to comet or asteroid showers.
Dinosaur extinction was caused by an asteroid impact 66 million years ago that also triggered a series of volcanic eruptions, say researchers from the University of California Berkeley.
Congratulations! You survived another potential doomsday! Very early this morning, a 'massive' asteroid hastily whizzed past Earth, off to some other part of the solar system where it will wreak untold havoc - or, more likely, just keep flying solo. So why is it that some groups are saying NASA had it wrong about this 'near-miss' Armageddon?
University of Gothenburg researchers recently found a double crater in Sweden that suggests a unique twin meteorite event occurred 458 million years ago. This is the first proven occurrence of such an event.
Sixty-six million years ago, a massive asteroid struck Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. As a result, the Earth changed forever, spelling the end of the dinosaurs and ushering in a new age where other animals could flourish. Now new research has revealed that it wasn't mammals who inherited the Earth, but fish.
Glass deposits discovered in impact craters on the surface of Mars may hold signs of ancient life, adding to the growing evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable.
The great Chicxulub impact is known for supposedly killing all of the dinosaurs on Earth, but new research suggests that this famous asteroid also wiped out unseen mollusks, making scientists question the role played by ocean acidification.
About 65 million years ago, an asteroid crash supposedly wiped out all the dinosaurs on Earth. Now, scientists may soon finally solve the mystery behind this dino-killing crash.
Enthusiasts who have been following NASA's mission plans closely might be a little disappointed with the space agency's latest decision concerning the historic Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The mission, the very name of which held the promise of physically capturing an asteroid, will now simply be plucking a boulder from the surface of a hurtling space rock as it flies by in 2022.