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Explained: What spacecraft is NASA using for its DART mission and how is it going to save the planet from Asteroids
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Explained: What spacecraft is NASA using for its DART mission and how is it going to save the planet from Asteroids

The spacecraft being used in the DART mission by NASA is a basic satellite with very sparse equipment which consists of one single colour camera, an ion engine and a few basic solar panels.

Explained: NASA's 'save the world' experiment which will see a spacecraft crash into an asteroid
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Explained: NASA's 'save the world' experiment which will see a spacecraft crash into an asteroid

NASA plans to crash a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. The aim is just to nudge the asteroid into a slightly tighter orbit around its companion space rock — demonstrating that if a killer asteroid ever heads our way, we'd stand a fighting chance of diverting it

Japanese space mission shows Earth's water may have been from asteroids
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Japanese space mission shows Earth's water may have been from asteroids

In a quest to shed light on the origins of life and the formation of the universe, researchers are scrutinising material brought back to earth in 2020 from the asteroid Ryugu

New evidence suggest giant asteroids created continents
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New evidence suggest giant asteroids created continents

The thick oceanic plateau formed from the impact can get hot enough at its base that it also melts, producing the kind of granitic rock that forms a buoyant continental crust

ESO releases images of the solar system's 42 largest asteroids with the most peculiar shapes
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ESO releases images of the solar system's 42 largest asteroids with the most peculiar shapes

These images are the sharpest images taken of the asteroids and the research is helping astronomers in tracing the origin of asteroids in our solar system.

Asteroid bigger than Burj Khalifa will pass by Earth on 21 August
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Asteroid bigger than Burj Khalifa will pass by Earth on 21 August

With a highly elliptical orbit, asteroid 2016 AJ193 orbits the Sun every 2,160 days or every 5.91 years.

Hubble scans $10,000 quadrillion 16 Psyche asteroid ahead of NASA 2022 mission
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Hubble scans $10,000 quadrillion 16 Psyche asteroid ahead of NASA 2022 mission

The spacecraft is slated to launch in August 2022, perform a Mars-assisted gravity boost in 2023, and arrive at 16 Psyche in 2026.

Bits of Venus from ancient asteroid collisions may be hidden under the moon's surface
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Bits of Venus from ancient asteroid collisions may be hidden under the moon's surface

Venus is thought to have had an Earth-like atmosphere, but experienced runaway greenhouse effect, resulting in its current climate.

Extraterrestrial diamonds form when planets collide, study of meteorites' insides finds
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Extraterrestrial diamonds form when planets collide, study of meteorites' insides finds

Contrary to earlier assumptions, larger ureilite diamonds are signs of immense, destructive forces prevalent at that time.

ESA awards contracts worth €129.4 million for design, manufacture, testing of Hera asteroid mission
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ESA awards contracts worth €129.4 million for design, manufacture, testing of Hera asteroid mission

The Hera mission will be the first spacecraft in history to explore a binary asteroid system.

Asteroid over 22 meters wide to make a pass by Earth closer than the Moon, NASA says
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Asteroid over 22 meters wide to make a pass by Earth closer than the Moon, NASA says

The 'potentially hazardous asteroid' called '2011 ES4' will be at a distance of 1.2 lakh kms from Earth at its closest.

Scientists identify asteroids of interstellar origin moving in our Solar System
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Scientists identify asteroids of interstellar origin moving in our Solar System

The first space rock that the scientists discovered was the asteroid 514107 Ka'epaoka'awela which means 'mischievous opposite-moving companion of Jupiter.'

Asteroid Day 2020: Raising awareness about threat posed by near-earth asteroids, since 2016
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Asteroid Day 2020: Raising awareness about threat posed by near-earth asteroids, since 2016

The day is aimed at creating awareness around near-earth objects (NEOs), which could pose a 'potentially catastrophic' threat to our planet someday.

It's Asteroid Day 2020: Why you should care, and how to catch live events on asteroids today
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It's Asteroid Day 2020: Why you should care, and how to catch live events on asteroids today

Asteroids are a lot more than objects of scientific curiosity. Past encounters have warned us that asteroid impacts leave a mark.

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.

Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space
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Scientists say asteroids Bennu and Ryugu may have formed from a direct collision in space

Both asteroids are small fragments re-accumulated to form an aggregate body and may have formed from the same original shattered parent body.

Asteroid 2017 AP4 will zip past the Earth, at a safe distance, today at 2.24 pm IST
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Asteroid 2017 AP4 will zip past the Earth, at a safe distance, today at 2.24 pm IST

According to the Centre for NEO Studies, 2017 AP4 is classified as a member of the Apollo family of asteroids.

Massive asteroids JF1, Apophis to graze Earth in 2020s; planetary defence courtesy NASA, ESA still underway
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Massive asteroids JF1, Apophis to graze Earth in 2020s; planetary defence courtesy NASA, ESA still underway

NASA and ESA plan to test an asteroid-deflection strategy on a real asteroid in 2022.

Mega asteroid as big as the Burj Khalifa to fly really close to the Earth today
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Mega asteroid as big as the Burj Khalifa to fly really close to the Earth today

The asteroid is classified as potentially hazardous but there is no chance of it colliding with our planet.

Humans could survive in space on water regenerated on asteroids, suggests NASA-funded study
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Humans could survive in space on water regenerated on asteroids, suggests NASA-funded study

Water is understandably vital for habitability anywhere in space and key to making humans an interplanetary species.