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The Planetary Society Conditionally Supports NASA's Asteroid Mission
2013-05-16 09:59:44

The Planetary Society NASA's asteroid mission could represent a new milestone in humanity's presence in and influence on the Solar System. For the first time in history, we would capture an entire object in orbit around the Sun and move it to a place of our choosing. We would evolve from mere observers of the motions of the heavens to participants in determining them. The Planetary Society conditionally supports NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and place it in lunar orbit. In the...

2013-04-19 08:58:32

At a major planetary defense conference in Flagstaff, AZ, last evening, the Planetary Society announced the winners of its 2013 Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grants and was recognized itself for the Society´s long history of international leadership in the detection and mitigation of threatening asteroids, and other planetary discoveries. “As the Chelyabinsk impact demonstrated, asteroid impacts happen; they are dangerous, destructive, with no regard for human life,”...

2010-07-14 06:30:00

An unmanned probe launched by Japan's space agency had a successful test of its innovative solar sail propulsion system, after getting its first acceleration push from sunlight, the agency announced. Based on observations of the Ikaros solar sail, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirmed the probe has received a growing speed boost from light radiated by the sun. "The small solar power sail demonstrator 'Ikaros,' which successfully deployed its solar sail, was confirmed to...

2009-03-03 12:28:18

On Monday, an asteroid the size of a rock that exploded above Siberia in 1908 with the force of a thousand atomic bombs whizzed by Earth, according to astronomers. The Planetary Society, as well as astronomers' blogs, reported on Monday, that asteroid 2009 DD45, which is estimated to be 68 to 152 feet across, raced by Earth at 1:44 p.m. GMT on Monday. The gap between the asteroid and the Earth was only 44,750 miles, which is a fifth the distance between our planet and the moon. The size of...

2008-08-01 05:30:00

Long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly out at the seemingly endless expanse of ocean, over a horizon suffused softly with ocean mist, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then, they fashioned a boat, rigged it with a large cloth to catch the wind, and set sail. Not quite so long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly up at the seemingly endless expanse of space, suffused softly with sparkling stars, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then,...

2008-02-28 13:00:00

A boxy spacecraft and its Georgia-based design team are $25,000 richer after winning an international competition to devise the best plan for tracking a space rock that will swing past Earth twice in the next 30 years. The small Foresight spacecraft designed by engineers in Georgia and California won first place on Tuesday in the Planetary Society's Apophis Mission Design Competition, which challenged contenders to come up with a cost-effective way of launching a watch dog-like probe to...

2005-06-23 21:53:29

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Officials in charge of the Russian rocket that failed during launch of the Cosmos 1 solar sail spacecraft believe that the booster's stages never separated, the project director said in a statement. The officials believe the rocket went down near Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago that separates the Barents Sea from the Kara Sea, Louis D. Friedman said in a statement from Moscow posted on the Web site of The Planetary Society, the Pasadena-based organization behind the $4...

2005-06-21 15:05:00

LOS ANGELES -- The world's first spacecraft designed to be propelled by the pressure of sunlight was launched toward orbit Tuesday from a Russian submarine under the Barents Sea. Cosmos 1, a $4 million experiment intended to show that a so-called solar sail can make a controlled flight, lifted off at about 12:46 p.m. PDT as project organizers from The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios monitored the launch from California. Confirmation of a successful launch was likely to take several...

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