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Asteroid

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Japan’s asteroid probe is about to shoot a bullet at an asteroid

February 21st, 2019

Last year, the Japanese space program (JAXA) successfully arrived at the diamond-shaped space rock known as Ryugu. The spacecraft, known as Hayabusa2, spent the latter half of 2018 deploying tiny rovers to the asteroid’s surface and relaying lots of awesome images. Now, the probe is set to attempt its most challenging maneuver to date. JAXA …

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NASA offers best look yet at surface of space rock Bennu

January 29th, 2019

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has already had quite an eventful year. After initially arriving at the space rock known as Bennu in early December, the spacecraft ended 2018 by successfully entering orbit around the object, making Bennu the smallest body ever orbited by a man made spacecraft. Now, as NASA prepares for what will be …

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An asteroid shaped like a giant hippopotamus just flew by Earth

December 24th, 2018

The holiday season means seeing friends and family that you might not see all that often throughout the rest of the year, and the same is apparently true for astronomers studying asteroids. In a rare appearance that won’t happen again for over 400 years, a truly bizarre asteroid made a relatively close flyby of our …

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NASA’s asteroid probe already found water on Bennu

December 10th, 2018

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe only just arrived at its target a week ago but it’s already making important scientific observations of the space rock known as Bennu. The mission seeks to learn as much about the asteroid as possible and NASA thinks it might reveal clues about the early days of the solar system and …