All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Near-Earth Asteroids’

Asteroid Passing Earth: How To See It?

When you hear the words “asteroid” and “Earth”, for a few seconds there is a bit of major concern. Is this thing going to hit us? How big is it? The asteroid, named 2014 DX110, is expected to fly past the Earth without incident on Wednesday. Scientists aren’t anticipating any kind of collision. Instead, they say that the asteroid will …

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NASA Reactivates WISE in Search For Deadly Asteroids

NASA‘s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope ran out of coolant in the fall of 2010. Though the telescope was used for a few more months (the NEOWISE mission), it was officially retired from service in February 2011. Now, NASA has announced that WISE will get a second lease on life later this year. WISE will be reactivated in …

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NASA Reviews Asteroid Capture Mission Ideas

Back in June, NASA issued a “Grand Challenge” to catalogue all of the near-Earth asteroids that could potentially threaten life on the planet. As part of the initiative, NASA began soliciting ideas on how to locate, redirect, and explore these asteroids. The agency received a huge response, with over 400 ideas coming from industry, universities, and the public. NASA is …

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NASA Has Now Found 10,000 Near-Earth Objects

NASA this week announced that it has now discovered more than 10,000 near-Earth objects – asteroids that could pass close to Earth in the future. The agency also bragged that 98% of all near-Earth objects have been uncovered by NASA surveys. The 10,000th near-Earth object was discovered on June 18, 2013 by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope on Maui, Hawaii. The telescope …

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NASA Issues ‘Grand Challenge’ to Combat Killer Asteroids

NASA and astronomers around the world have been tracking asteroids for decades now. Though asteroids seem to be constantly be giving the Earth a close miss, no ‘doomsday’ asteroids have yet been found. That doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, though, hurdling toward Earth with the potential to end life as we know it. With that in mind, NASA this …

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Earth-Threatening Asteroid to be Visited by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

One week from today an asteroid will swing within just 17,200 miles of Earth – closer than geosynchronous satellites that orbit the planet. While there is no chance of an impact event on February 15, there are other asteroids that could collide with the Earth sometime in the future. To prepare for (and hopefully prevent) such a disaster, NASA has …

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