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.
A Meteorite embedded with pieces of opal were found on the Antarctic. Experts believe that the opals are from an extra-terrestrial origin and definitely did not come from Earth. This proves that asteroids may have brought with it water ice on Earth, seeding life on the planet.
A remnant of an ancient meteorite was found at a quarry site in Sweden. The space rock has never been found on Earth before.
NASA discovered a small asteroid 2016 HO3 and it is also orbiting the Sun. It is considered Earth's little companion and it will remain that way for centuries to come.
The object was seen flying near Jupiter in a diagonal manner not deviating from its path. The alleged UFO also appears to change luminance as it moves.
A fireball lit up the night sky in Arizona last June 2. Experts say that the 10-foot asteroid's collision with the Earth's atmosphere created the fireball illuminating the sky which turned night into day for a few seconds.
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.