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Asteroid

bennu photo

Our first up-close look at the Bennu asteroid is a messy one

December 6th, 2018

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe spent many months flying through space in order to meet up with its target, a large space rock known as Bennu. The spacecraft’s mission will be carried out over the next couple of years, but its arrival at Bennu means that we finally get a very close-up shot of the rock …

asteroid 2018 LF16

No, asteroid 2018 LF16 probably isn’t going to hit the Earth

November 26th, 2018

Tabloids have always taken great liberty with headlines but some of the current coverage of the asteroid known as 2018 LF16 is really taking things to the next level. The near-Earth rock has been the subject of numerous headlines touting NASA’s assessment that there are 62 potential “risk trajectories” that could put it on a …

hayabusa-2 delay

Japan forced to delay touchdown of asteroid probe because it’s too darn rough

October 11th, 2018

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe has already completed a number of scientific firsts. It successfully entered orbit around the Ryugu asteroid, deployed a pair of rovers and a sensor-packed instrument cube to send back data about the rock, and delivered the very first images snapped from the surface of an asteroid. Unfortunately, those anticipating the probe …

Japanese probe sends back stunning new images from asteroid’s surface

September 27th, 2018

It’s only been a couple of days since Japanese space agency JAXA showed off the very first images taken from an asteroid’s surface, but we’re already getting more. JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 probe and its army of unusual rovers are delivering all kinds of awesome photos from the surface of the Ryugu asteroid, and this history-making mission …