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NASA mission to explore metal asteroid 'Psyche' worth thousands of quadrillions to launch in August 2022
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NASA mission to explore metal asteroid 'Psyche' worth thousands of quadrillions to launch in August 2022

The Psyche mission will be the first to investigate a world of metal rather than the usual combination of rock and ice.

Meteorites may have come from small worlds with lava oceans in the early solar system
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Meteorites may have come from small worlds with lava oceans in the early solar system

One of the most abundant class of meteorites found on Earth may have formed in an unusual event during a sliver of time in the early solar system.

Ancient micrometeoroids carried stardust, water to asteroid 4 Vesta; could have done same for Earth, say scientists
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Ancient micrometeoroids carried stardust, water to asteroid 4 Vesta; could have done same for Earth, say scientists

The stardust in asteroid Vesta holds a unique record of ancient galactic material that was delivered to a celestial body far from Earth.

It's raining asteroids through December —13 space rocks to make an appearance days from each other
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It's raining asteroids through December —13 space rocks to make an appearance days from each other

A total of 13 asteroids will be travelling past Earth in the next coming weeks till 31 December.

Asteroid 2019 VF1, 150 m in diameter, to fly really close to Earth today at 9.40 pm
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Asteroid 2019 VF1, 150 m in diameter, to fly really close to Earth today at 9.40 pm

The asteroid has been classified as a Near-Earth Object by NASA, but it will not hit Earth this time around.

Pandit Jasraj becomes the first Indian musician to have minor planet named after him
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Pandit Jasraj becomes the first Indian musician to have minor planet named after him

The minor planet was spotted by a NASA-funded project, the Catalina Sky Survey, which tracks and discovers near-earth objects

Calamity in the Asteroid Belt triggered an Ice Age, shaped life in oceans 466 mn years ago: Study
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Calamity in the Asteroid Belt triggered an Ice Age, shaped life in oceans 466 mn years ago: Study

Dust from a gigantic collision in the main asteroid belt 400 million years ago triggered an ice age on Earth.

NASA's Lucy mission involves some wicked zig-zagging to Jupiter's asteroid fields
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NASA's Lucy mission involves some wicked zig-zagging to Jupiter's asteroid fields

Lucy will be the first spacecraft to bag as many as 6 flybys & 4 gravity assists in a single mission.

NASA's pioneering Dawn mission to the asteroid belt is at its end as fuel runs out
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NASA's pioneering Dawn mission to the asteroid belt is at its end as fuel runs out

Dawn's mission team is sure it won't spiral down towards Ceres's icy depths for at least 50 years.

Some of our system's youngest orbiting asteroids discovered in the asteroid belt
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Some of our system's youngest orbiting asteroids discovered in the asteroid belt

The asteroids all under 7 million years old, orbit in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars & Jupiter.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft to run out of fuel, remain in dwarf planet Ceres's orbit
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft to run out of fuel, remain in dwarf planet Ceres's orbit

Dawn will lose its ability to communicate with Earth, but will remain in a silent orbit around Ceres.

Astronomers identify the four billion year old asteroid family in solar system; likely to be the oldest
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Astronomers identify the four billion year old asteroid family in solar system; likely to be the oldest

The team also discovered a relatively sparse region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics.