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NASA Discusses Progress Reached So Far In Future Asteroid Mission
2014-06-20 12:35:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Proposed studies for NASA’s missions to capture and redirect an asteroid are set to kick off in July. The space agency said these studies should inform not only the future asteroid mission, but also future missions to Mars. "With these system concept studies, we are taking the next steps to develop capabilities needed to send humans deeper into space than ever before, and ultimately to Mars, while testing new techniques to protect...

asteroid Eros
2014-06-16 12:21:29

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agency's efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s. The 1-2:30 p.m. EDT event will kick off a two-day virtual workshop to highlight successes and new opportunities through NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, which coincides with its first anniversary....

asteroid the beast
2014-06-06 12:18:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last year, a massive asteroid that had gone undetected exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in a huge fireball and another, much bigger asteroid spotted in April is expected to buzz past Earth this weekend. While the incoming HQ124 asteroid, aka “the Beast,” is not expected to make contact with the Earth’s atmosphere, professional skywatchers will be keeping close tabs on the massive space rock nonetheless. “What’s...

2014-03-21 16:20:14

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission - a key part of the agency's stepping stone path to send humans to Mars - agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology development. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), released Friday, NASA hopes to solicit proposals for concept studies in areas including asteroid capture systems, rendezvous...

astronaut retrieving a sample from the captured asteroid
2014-02-25 07:06:06

Sarah Ramsey / Rachel Kraft, NASA Headquarters As the next step in advancing NASA’s asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The forum, which is open to industry, academia and interested individuals, will provide status updates from ongoing asteroid redirect mission studies and summarize how responses to a 2013 Request for Information (RFI) are helping improve mission planning activities. The event will also...

2014-02-24 12:20:33

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the next step in advancing NASA's asteroid initiative, the agency will host an Opportunities Forum March 26 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The forum, which is open to industry, academia and interested individuals, will provide status updates from ongoing asteroid redirect mission studies and summarize how responses to a 2013 Request for Information (RFI) are helping...

Using Space Probes To Deflect Asteroids From Earth Trajectories
2013-10-23 14:17:04

[ Watch the Video: Space Probes Could One Day Help Deflect Asteroids ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are conducting experiments to figure out how space probes could be used to deflect potentially hazardous asteroids. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics have begun initial experiments to verify the possibility of deflecting asteroids by impacting them with heavy masses at high speeds. They said the principle behind their research...

Asteroids Classified As Easily Retrievable Objects
2013-08-13 04:33:19

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While disaster movies are made about the looming threat of asteroids colliding with the earth, scientists are studying the space rocks for their mineral potential. Now scientists at the University of Strathclyde in the UK have identified a new category of asteroid they deem easy to capture. Scientist Daniel Garcia Yarnoz and a few colleagues at the University of Strathclyde have studied a database of over 9,000 near-Earth objects, and...

Asteroid Initiative RFI Receives 400+ Responses
2013-07-27 07:19:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced this week that the agency has received more than 400 responses to its request for information (RFI) on its Asteroid Initiative. "Under our plan, we're increasing the identification, tracking and exploration of asteroids, and the response to this initiative has been gratifying," said Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2013 conference in San Jose, Calif. "The...


Latest Asteroids Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Asteroid -- An asteroid, also called a minor planet or planetoid, is a member of a group of small, planet-like bodies that are part of our solar system. They are believed to be remnants of the interstellar clouds, nebula, that were not incorporated into planets during the formation of the solar system. The largest asteroid in the inner solar system is Ceres with a diameter of 1003 km. It also was the first to be discovered, by Giuseppe Piazzi on January 1, 1801. Nowadays, over 9000...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Asteroid Belt -- The Asteroid belt is a region of the solar system falling roughly between the planets Mars and Jupiter where the greatest concentration of asteroid orbits can be found. It is believed that, during the first million years of the solar system history, planets formed by accretion of planetesimals. Ripetute collisions led to the familiar rocky planets and to the gas giant's cores. However, in this zone of the system the strong gravity of Jupiter inhibited the final stages...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Asteroid -- Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are asteroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger, as well as being most easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV than the Moon. The most famous near-Earth asteroid is 433 Eros that was visited by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe. A few hundred such near-Earth asteroids are known, ranging in size up...

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