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2013-02-18 14:17:56

On February 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed extraordinarily close to the earth. Unlike the unexpected asteroid collision over Russia that day, this encounter never presented any danger but astronomers were eager to observe the event. An international team led by Nicholas Moskovitz (MIT) observed the asteroid with a number of telescopes, including the 2.1m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory: the accompanying video shows the asteroid as it was leaving the vicinity of the earth. As Dr....

Meteor Strikes Like Russian Event Only Occur Once Every 10 To 30 Years
2013-02-15 17:22:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As reports continue to stream in through various media outlets on injuries, damages, and the science behind such events, it seems this morning´s (February 15) meteor strike in Russia´s Ural Mountains region has left a pretty big impression far and wide. At last count more than 1,200 people (at least 200 children) are believed to have been injured by the meteor, most from broken glass produced by the exploding object's...

2013-02-15 16:20:13

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media at 4 p.m. EST today to discuss a meteor that streaked through the skies over Russia's Urals region this morning. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists have determined the Russia meteor is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14 that will safely pass Earth today at a distance of more than 17,000 miles. Early assessments of the Russia meteor indicate it was...

Massive Meteor Explodes Over Russia: Buildings Damaged, Hundreds Injured
2013-02-15 08:57:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor streaked across Russia´s early morning skies on Friday before violently exploding, sending a rain of debris onto the Earth below. The flash and boom shattered windows and meteor particles left damage in its wake, injuring more than 900 people in the Ural Mountains region. Marina Mokvicheva, regional health minister in Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that had felt the brunt of the impact, told the Washington Post that...

Planetary Resources To Join The Hunt For Asteroids
2013-02-15 05:03:47

[ Watch the Video: Asteroid 2012 DA14 To Whiz Past Earth Safely ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary Resources, a company aimed at mining asteroids, says that its Arkyd-100 Series of spacecraft will be assisting in the detection and characterization of potentially hazardous asteroids near Earth. About 610,000 asteroids are being tracked in the Solar System currently, which is a number that represents less than one percent of the estimated objects that orbit...

Billion Dollar Asteroid Making Close Approach To Earth
2013-02-14 10:55:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea to start attempting to mine asteroids has been floating around recently, but questions remain as to whether or not such a business endeavor would even be lucrative. Now, however, Deep Space Industries (DSI) claims that one particular asteroid could be worth as much as $195 billion in metals and propellant. Deep Space Industries announced this week that DA14, the asteroid making a close approach to Earth this week, could be...

2013-02-13 20:20:12

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

'Near-miss' Asteroid Being Tracked By Hertfordshire Astronomers
2013-02-12 11:19:35

Alpha Galileo Foundation An asteroid the size of a small office block is due to pass by Earth on Friday 15 February in one of the closest ℠near-misses´ in recent history. Although there is no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth, the huge rock is being closely monitored by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire´s Bayfordbury Observatory, as part of an on-going program to monitor ℠Near Earth Objects´ (NEO). Weighing 130,000 tonnes and traveling at over...

2013-02-05 10:17:40

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid 150-feet in diameter that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. The teleconference participants are: --Lindley Johnson, program executive, Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington --Timothy Spahr, director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian...

Small Asteroid Will Pass By Earth Safely
2013-02-04 08:30:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique...


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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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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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