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.
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
The stardust in asteroid Vesta holds a unique record of ancient galactic material that was delivered to a celestial body far from Earth.
A total of 13 asteroids will be travelling past Earth in the next coming weeks till 31 December.
The asteroid has been classified as a Near-Earth Object by NASA, but it will not hit Earth this time around.
The minor planet was spotted by a NASA-funded project, the Catalina Sky Survey, which tracks and discovers near-earth objects
Dust from a gigantic collision in the main asteroid belt 400 million years ago triggered an ice age on Earth.
Lucy will be the first spacecraft to bag as many as 6 flybys & 4 gravity assists in a single mission.
Dawn's mission team is sure it won't spiral down towards Ceres's icy depths for at least 50 years.
The asteroids all under 7 million years old, orbit in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars & Jupiter.
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
The team also discovered a relatively sparse region of the main asteroid belt, where the few asteroids present are likely pristine relics.