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Asteroid

bennu sample

Here are the four spots where NASA’s asteroid probe might land

August 13th, 2019

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently hanging out around the asteroid known as Bennu. It’s been there for months, taking photos and scanning the asteroid’s surface to get a better idea of exactly what dangers the probe might face when it eventually touches down. Now, after scrutinizing every square inch of the massive rock, NASA has …

jupiter impact

Something slammed into Jupiter, and all we saw was a flash

August 10th, 2019

It was only about a day ago that NASA showed off some Hubble’s finest work yet in the form of new images of Jupiter. The photos (and a brief animation made of many of said images) are stunning, but while we were all gawking at the gorgeous eye candy this week, something appears to have …

asteroid touchdown

Watch Japan’s asteroid probe touch down on asteroid Ryugu

July 29th, 2019

Japanese space agency JAXA has had an up-close-and-personal relationship with the asteroid known as Ryugu ever since its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft entered orbit around the space rock in June of last year. The probe shot two separate projectiles at the asteroid and successfully snagged a pair of material samples. Its most recent (and daring) maneuver was …

sun asteroid

Astronomers just spotted an asteroid that loves the Sun

July 10th, 2019

Thanks to astronomers and their constant search for new bodies moving throughout our solar system, we know about a lot of asteroids. Many of them have long, elliptical orbits around our Sun, swinging through our system — sometimes making close passes of Earth along the way — around the Sun and then back out again. …