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NASA gets up close and personal with space rock Bennu

June 8th, 2020

NASA’s asteroid sampling OSIRIS-REx probe took a dive toward one of its sample collection sites and sent back a gorgeous image. The site is called Osprey, and it’s a backup for the probe if the primary site, Nightingale, doesn’t work out. The probe will carry out its sampling maneuver in August. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe …

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Japanese asteroid probe discovers an incredible secret

May 9th, 2020

Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe snapped images that reveal the space rock had a close encounter with the Sun. Scorched rock was present on the asteroid’s surface, appearing red in spectral analysis and indicating extreme heating over a short period of time. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid probe has already accomplished a …

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That ‘alien probe’ asteroid might be a chunk of an alien planet

April 15th, 2020

Oumuamua, the first interstellar object spotted by mankind, might be a fragment of a planet that was torn apart by its star. Researchers ran simulations to try to explain the object’s bizarre, cigar-like shape. First spotted in late 2017, Oumuamua is speeding out of our solar system as we speak. Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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NASA’s asteroid probe is rehearsing for its most dangerous move yet

April 13th, 2020

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe is about to perform its most daring maneuver yet. In a rehearsal for the sample-gathering act planned for later this year, the spacecraft will carry out an exercise that will bring it closer to the asteroid Bennu than ever before. If all goes well, NASA is planning on snatching a sample …

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Ancient humans saw an asteroid apocalypse first-hand

March 9th, 2020

An asteroid or comet completely wiped out the ancient human settlement of Abu Hureyra.  The impact is likely part of a larger cosmic impact event that triggered the rapid cooling of Earth.  The research was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Science fiction disaster flicks have “taught” us …

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NASA finally picked its landing spot on asteroid Bennu

December 17th, 2019

Earlier this month, NASA revealed the final four would-be landing spots for its OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe. The locations, known as Nightingale, Kingfisher, Osprey, and Sandpiper, represented the areas of the asteroid where the probe would have the best chance at touching down, snagging a sample, and then returning to orbit around the speeding space rock. …