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

NASA 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. He also engaged the United Nation’s support for NASA’s mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid to lunar orbit, and then send humans to explore it by 2025. Following Bolden’s presentation, Mazlan Othman, director of the U.N. Office for Outer...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Friday. Its task is to coordinate capabilities and expertise for missions to handle asteroids that might one day strike Earth. The Space Mission Advisory...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 (NEO). On Thursday, NASA announced that the probe has identified 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 NEOs and four comets, in its first 25 days of operation. Three of these NEOs are new discoveries measuring hundreds of feet in...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Considering NASA’s recent budget cuts, re-purposing the space agency’s assets is more important than ever. One asset re-purposed by NASA, the 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. Formerly known as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), the orbiter was shut down in 2011 after...

2014-01-07 12:21:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen asteroid -- its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation last year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NEOWISE originally was called the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which had made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets. The spacecraft was shut...

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

[ Watch the Video: First Asteroid Of 2014 ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The size of 2014 AA was estimated to be between seven and 10 feet and had the potential of striking Earth. The exact path of the...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Near-Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft, or NEOWISE for short, made the most comprehensive survey to date of asteroids and comets during its first tour of service. Now, NEOWISE has returned to service, and has sent its first set of test images back to Earth in preparation for a renewed mission. More than 34,000 asteroids were discovered, and 158,000 were characterized throughout the solar system during...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday, 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. “This is a pioneering effort, both technologically and scientifically,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-Rex principal investigator from the University of Arizona. “Starting the countdown clock carries a lot of symbolism for us. After December 9, we will have a constant...

Asteroid Detection Crowdsourcing Initiative
2013-11-22 06:37:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new agreement between NASA and a Washington-based asteroid mining firm will give computer programmers a chance to use the US space agency’s data to help locate near-Earth objects. The crowd-sourced software solutions initiative is the first signed under NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, a large scale effort to take advantage of multidisciplinary partnerships with government agencies, private sector firms, universities and...

2013-11-21 20:20:21

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA's first partnership associated with the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of...


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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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