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2010-09-07 15:24:50

Two asteroids will pass within the moon's distance from Earth on Wednesday, Sept. 8. NASA scientists will be available for satellite interviews Tuesday, Sept. 7, and Wednesday morning to discuss these near- Earth objects. The Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Ariz., discovered both objects on Sunday, Sept. 5. The Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., reviewed the observations and determined the preliminary orbits. The center's personnel concluded both objects would pass within the distance...

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2010-07-27 10:10:00

Scientists have discovered that a potentially hazardous asteroid might collide with Earth in 2182. The scientists used two mathematical models in order to determine the chance of impact. "The total impact probability of asteroid '(101955) 1999 RQ36' can be estimated in 0.00092 "“approximately one-in-a-thousand chance-, but what is most surprising is that over half of this chance (0.00054) corresponds to 2182," explains to SINC María Eugenia Sansaturio, co-author of...

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2010-04-30 09:25:00

Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 was "imaged" by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico on April 19. Data collected during Arecibo's observation of 2005 YU55 allowed the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to refine the space rock's orbit, allowing scientists to rule out any possibility of an Earth impact for the next 100 years. The space rock was about 2.3 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Earth at the time this image of the radar echo was...

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2010-04-08 13:40:00

A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will safely fly by Earth this Thursday at 4:06 p.m. Pacific (23:06 U.T.C.). At time of closest approach 2010 GA6 will be about 359,000 kilometers (223,000 miles) away from Earth - about 9/10ths the distance from to the moon. The asteroid, approximately 22 meters (71 feet) wide, was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, Tucson, Az. "Fly bys of near-Earth objects within the moon's orbit occur every few weeks," said Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object...

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2010-03-25 12:15:00

Key observations of an asteroid with a slight chance of hitting Earth may have to be shuttered in light of budget cuts, officials at a Puerto Rico observatory reported on Thursday. Officials at the Arecibo Observatory, who are tracking the orbit of an asteroid that could possibly make impact in 2036, are facing funding cuts starting in 2011. They are seeking to complete radar measurements in early 2013 that they believe will prove the asteroid, Apophis, will miss Earth. However, in order to...

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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...

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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...

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2007-03-09 10:35:00

A menacing lump of rock and dust in space called 10195 (1999 RQ36) would barely be noticed except for two crucial facts: First, "It's a treasure trove of organic material, so it holds clues to how Earth formed and life got started," said Joseph Nuth of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Second, it regularly crosses Earth's orbit, so it might impact us someday. Nuth is Project Scientist for the proposed OSIRIS mission, which will "return a pristine sample of the scientifically...

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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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2005-09-26 13:48:26

ESA -- Based on the recommendations of asteroid experts, ESA has selected two target asteroids for its Near-Earth Object deflecting mission, Don Quijote. Don Quijote is an asteroid-deflecting mission currently under study by ESA's Advanced Concepts Team (ACT). Earlier this year the NEO Mission Advisory Panel (NEOMAP), consisting of well-known experts in the field, delivered to ESA a target selection report for Europe's future asteroid mitigation missions, identifying the relevant...


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