Latest 99942 Apophis Stories

2009-10-07 14:20:00

Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid. The refined path indicates a significantly reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth in 2036. The Apophis asteroid is approximately the size of two-and-a-half football fields. The new data were documented by near-Earth object scientists Steve Chesley and Paul Chodas at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. They will present their updated findings at a meeting of the American...

2009-08-13 05:40:00

According to a federal report, NASA lacks the funding to seek out all the asteroids that threaten Earth. Congress assigned NASA the duty four years ago, but never gave the space agency enough funding to build the necessary telescopes, says a National Academy of Sciences report. NASA was ordered to locate 90 percent of the potentially deadly asteroids by 2020. Despite the circumstances, the space agency has completed one-third of its assignment. According to NASA, there are an estimated 20,000...

2009-04-22 16:28:22

The European Space Agency says scientists are getting ready for an international meeting to discuss preparations for a near-Earth flyby of asteroid Apophis. The first International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference will be held in Granada, Spain, next week. Among topics to be discussed is the April 13, 2029, Earth flyby of asteroid Apophis. The ESA said specialists in astrometry, orbital dynamics, aerothermodynamics and impact modeling will join spacecraft mission...

2008-12-03 07:15:00

According to Professor Richard Crowther, a leading analyst for the United Nations, the international community must work together to stop the threat of asteroids colliding with Earth. A group of space experts called the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) have called for a coordinated response to the threat and say missions to stop asteroids will need global approval. The UN will discuss the issue in February. In the ASE report, the group points to history to show the dangers of asteroid...

2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Andy Mead, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--PLEASANT HILL -- When people gather here to talk about mining, it's usually coal mining. This week, the discussion is out of this world. The 18 people attending the "Asteroid Mining 'X' Seminar" at Shaker Village are discussing extracting natural resources from the thousands of little planet-ettes found in our solar system. No kidding. Getting to an asteroid, mining it, and getting back, would be the (relatively) easy part, the...

2008-02-28 13:00:00

A boxy spacecraft and its Georgia-based design team are $25,000 richer after winning an international competition to devise the best plan for tracking a space rock that will swing past Earth twice in the next 30 years. The small Foresight spacecraft designed by engineers in Georgia and California won first place on Tuesday in the Planetary Society's Apophis Mission Design Competition, which challenged contenders to come up with a cost-effective way of launching a watch dog-like probe to...

2007-10-16 08:50:00

In research that could aid decisions about future asteroids on a collision course with Earth, MIT scientists have for the first time determined the composition of a near-Earth asteroid that has a very slight possibility of someday hitting our planet. That information could be useful in planning any future space mission to explore the asteroid, called Apophis. And if the time ever were to come when this object or another turned out to be on its way toward an impact on Earth, knowing what it's...

2007-09-20 17:15:00

Every now and then a space rock hits the world's media "“ sometimes almost literally. Threatening asteroids that zoom past the Earth, fireballs in the sky seen by hundreds of people and mysterious craters which may have been caused by impacting meteorites; all make ESA's planned mission Don Quijote look increasingly timely. The uncertainty surrounding whether a meteorite impacted in South America recently highlights the need to know more about these pieces of natural space debris and...

2007-03-05 17:40:00

WASHINGTON -- NASA officials say the space agency is capable of finding nearly all the asteroids that might pose a devastating hit to Earth, but there isn't enough money to pay for the task so it won't get done. The cost to find at least 90 percent of the 20,000 potentially hazardous asteroids and comets by 2020 would be about $1 billion, according to a report NASA will release later this week. The report was previewed Monday at a Planetary Defense Conference in Washington. Congress in 2005...

2006-12-20 08:55:00

They are the celestial equivalent of sonograms. But their hazy outlines and ghostly features do not document the in-vivo development of a future taxpayer. Instead, they chronicle the exo-planetary comings-and-goings of some of Earth's least known, most nomadic, and at times most impactful neighbors. They are radar echoes that are bounced off of asteroids. Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and around the world rely on their ethereal images to tell some out-of-this-world tales of...

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