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Responding To Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets
2014-02-15 06:26:56

Tracking near-Earth asteroids has been a significant endeavor for NASA and the broader astronomical community, which has discovered 10,713 known near-Earth objects to date.

NASA Asteroid Initiative
2014-02-13 07:01:17

In June of last year, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and shared with the international community what NASA is doing to detect and track asteroids.

Astronomers Get A Good Look Inside Asteroid Itokawa
2014-02-05 12:24:19

Astronomers, using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) New Technology Telescope (NTT), have discovered that asteroids have a highly varied internal structure.

Hunting For Near-Earth Objects And Asteroids
2014-02-01 04:50:21

For the first time, national space agencies from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia will establish an expert group aimed at getting the world’s space-faring nations on the ‘same page’ when it comes to reacting to asteroid threats.

asteroid tracks
2014-01-24 08:58:14

Once a hibernating craft drifting silently through space, NEOWISE was repurposed and reactivated last month with a new mission – find asteroids and other potentially hazardous near-Earth objects.

Asteroid Discovery Comes After NASA Reactivates NEOWISE
2014-01-08 10:07:31

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) has made its first discovery since coming out of hibernation last year: a never-before-seen asteroid dubbed 2013 YP139.

Car-Sized New Year's Asteroid Enters Earth Over Atlantic Ocean
2014-01-03 11:11:33

According to NASA, the first asteroid of the 2014 season was discovered by Catalina Sky Survey, a NASA-sponsored observatory near Tucson, Arizona. It has been designated as 2014 AA and was viewed moving across the sky early Wednesday morning, January 1, 2014.

Asteroid Hunter Reactivated, Returns First Images
2013-12-20 05:09:27

NEOWISE has returned to service, and has sent its first set of test images back to Earth in preparation for a renewed mission.

Bennu Asteroid Mission Countdown Begins
2013-12-10 15:52:08

NASA announced that it had started the countdown for OSIRIS-REx, the space agency’s mission to collect a physical sample from a distant asteroid.


Latest Near-Earth object Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Object -- Near-Earth Objects (NEO) are asteroids, comets and large meteoroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger. Due to their size and proximity, NEO's are also more easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth and are important for future scientific investigation and commercial development. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV (change in velocity) than the Moon. In the United States, NASA...

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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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433 Eros -- The asteroid 433 Eros was named after the Greek god of love Eros. It is an S-type asteroid approximately 13 x 13 x 33 km in size, the second-largest near-Earth asteroid. It was visited by the NEAR Shoemaker probe, which first orbited it taking extensive photographs of its surface and then in 2001 at the end of its mission was landed on the asteroid's surface using only its maneuvering jets. Depending on where they stood on Eros, a person who weighed 200 pounds (90...

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