A Full View of the Gigantic Asteroid Vesta

At 330 miles in diameter, Vesta is the second largest object in the asteroid belt. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting it for some time now, but it's finally generated an image which shows the asteroid in all its glory. Read More >>

Here's Your Chance to Become One of the First Asteroid Prospectors

It was just over a year ago, back in April 2012, that we first learned the intentions of a company known as Planetary Resources: Asteroid mining. As in going into space, finding an asteroid that's not-too-far from Earth, and mining it for precious minerals and/or water which could be used as space-fuel for other missions. In a word: Ambitious. Read More >>

Scientists Figured Out Where That Russian Meteor Came From

On February 15th, a meteor shook Russia as it entered the Earth's atmosphere above the Urals. Now, scientists believe they know where in the universe it came from. Read More >>

Watch as Last Week's Asteroid Decides to Fly by Peacefully Instead of Destroying Us

That little, white pixelated bean spinning around above might look more like a bad '80s video game than the near-messenger of quick and devastating apocalypse, but that's what happens when you're taking shots 74,000 miles away from your subject. What you're seeing is, in fact, 2012 DA14 at a resolution of around 13 feet per pixel over an 8 hour period just as it was mercifully passing our beautiful space marble by on the evening of February 15. Read More >>

What's the Difference Between an Asteroid and a Meteor?

Yesterday, we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped past Earth and a meteor exploded over Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently! Read More >>

Today's Google Doodle You Weren't Meant to See

Google, topical as always, prepared one of its famed doodles in celebration of today's passing asteroid and the fact that we're all not post-apocalyptic shadows of our former selves. The Google Doodle team, however, couldn't have anticipated just how unfortunately relevant they actually would be following the unexpected and destructive meteor explosion over Russia. Read More >>

What Would Actually Happen if the 2012 DA14 Asteroid Hit Earth Today?

Astronomers are completely confident that the 45-metre-wide asteroid 2012 DA14 is not going to hit us, passing "only" at 17,200 miles from Earth — the closest encounter with an asteroid ever predicted. It's a close call, but we will be safe. Given what's happened in Russia today — what would really happen if their calculations were wrong? Read More >>

Apophis May Destroy Some of Earth's Satellites In 2029

The deadly asteroid Apophis is safely passing by Earth today, at more than 9 million miles (14.5 million kilometres) from our home planet. Next time we won't be so lucky. On April 13, 2029, Apophis will come so close that it may destroy satellites in orbit. Read More >>

NASA Wants to Give Our Moon a Moon

NASA must think our moon is getting lonely, because it's pondering the idea of capturing an asteroid and placing it in lunar orbit, so it has a rocky satellite all of its own. Read More >>

Physicists Claim It Would Be Impossible to Nuke an Earth-Killing Asteroid

If you've always assumed that the idea proposed in Armageddon could save us in the face of a crisis, by destroying an asteroid to avert the destruction of Earth, think again. Physicists from Leicester University, UK, have calculated that such a feat would require a bomb a billion times stronger than the biggest bomb ever detonated on Earth. Read More >>

Hold On Cameron, Not So Fast -- Who Exactly Owns Those Asteroids You're Planning to Plunder?

Lawyers always seem to just right around the corner ready to ruin our fun. Just weeks after Cameron and Google et al announced their madcap plan to go into space and mine those asteroids for precious bounty, Planetary Resources looks like it might be bogged down in red tape before it’s even got off the ground. Read More >>

This Is How Asteroid Mining Will Work

Yesterday, a group of billionaires, scientists and engineers announced what could become the most important enterprise in human history since Columbus sailed West: an asteroid mining company called Planetary Resources. They want to jump start a completely new industry between the Earth and the Moon, one that will add trillions of pounds to the world economy and ensure our prosperity for centuries to come. Read More >>

How the Space Miners Will Bring Heaps of Money to Earth (Live Coverage)

A group of billionaires and former NASA scientists are now unveiling the first asteroid mining company in history. They claim they will "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity" by mining asteroids for rare metals like gold and platinum. Read More >>

New Space-Mining Company Unveils Plans to Bring Asteroids to Moon Orbit Today

Today, a group of billionaires and former NASA scientists will announce the first asteroid mining company in history. They claim they will "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity" by mining asteroids for rare metals like gold and platinum. Read More >>

This Asteroid Is Getting Way too Close to Earth

This image was taken by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico on April 2010. It shows an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier on direct interception course with Earth's orbit. The arrival day: November 8. This is its trajectory. Read More >>

NASA Is Going to Harpoon an Asteroid. Unless They Lasso It. No Really

We're going to put someone on an asteroid by 2025. Crazy. But the gravity on asteroids is so weak that we won't stick to it. NASA plans to harpoon an asteroid like a giant space-whale. Now that's my kinda crazy! Read More >>


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