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Beachcomber: 97 years old and still zapping asteroids – Express.co.uk


Beachcomber: 97 years old and still zapping asteroids
Express.co.uk
“If we position a number of transgenic spider goat webs at various places around the solar system, the asteroid will be caught in one of them, extending and deforming its material without breaking it, and when it comes to a halt, the web will resume

Posted on 26 August 2014 | 11:19 pm

NASA’s asteroid plan may be cheapest route to Mars – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

NASA's asteroid plan may be cheapest route to Mars
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — NASA plans to redirect a small asteroid into lunar orbit during the next decade as part of a steppingstone approach to landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s. Some key leaders in Congress, which must approve funding for the mission, …
Doomsday Debate: Asteroid Threat Could Divide SocietyLiveScience.com
Avoiding an Earthly smashupScience News for Students
3 NASA capsules to carry Bhopal teen's nameTimes of India

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Posted on 26 August 2014 | 9:22 pm

Guardian of the galaxy: The woman planning for a space catastrophe – CNN


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Guardian of the galaxy: The woman planning for a space catastrophe
CNN
But one woman is on a mission to convince the world — and especially governments and the United Nations — to take threats such as potential asteroid strikes more seriously. Meet Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for …

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Posted on 26 August 2014 | 1:40 pm

Explainer: What are asteroids? – Science News for Students


Science News for Students

Explainer: What are asteroids?
Science News for Students
The solar system contains millions of asteroids. They may be round or oblong. Some have even stranger shapes, as though molded in play dough and left in space to harden. All are made from the same stuff as the planets. However, unlike rocks on Earth, …

Posted on 26 August 2014 | 12:43 pm

Mining Asteroids and Exploiting the New Space Economy – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Mining Asteroids and Exploiting the New Space Economy
Wall Street Journal
Now other companies are anticipating an entirely new space adventure: mining asteroids. The resources they find, from water to elements like titanium and iron, will help make the building blocks of civilization on earth available to people who need
Space economy takes off: Mining asteroids becomes easier with legal billCITY A.M.

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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 11:16 pm

No, a Huge Asteroid Is NOT “Set to Wipe Out Life on Earth in 2880” – Slate Magazine (blog)


Tech Times

No, a Huge Asteroid Is NOT “Set to Wipe Out Life on Earth in 2880”
Slate Magazine (blog)
Learning about asteroids is fascinating and scientifically important, of course, but there are practical considerations as well: If we find an asteroid that might someday hit the Earth, we'll have to do something to prevent that. One idea is to hit a
Mysterious forces make this asteroid 'blast-proof' —and it's headed our way!GMA News
Asteroid 1950 DA might wipe out humans in 2880: Can we do anything to stop it?Tech Times
Video: NASA images of huge asteroid that passed by EarthBelfast Telegraph
The Yucatan Times -Headlines & Global News -The Guardian Nigeria
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Posted on 18 August 2014 | 2:40 pm

Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Turns Out to Be a Rubble Pile – NBCNews.com


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Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Turns Out to Be a Rubble Pile
NBCNews.com
Astronomers investigated near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA, which is about four-fifths of a mile wide (1.3 kilometers). This asteroid is currently given a 1-in-4,000 chance of impacting the Earth in 2880. [Potentially Dangerous Asteroids Near Earth (Photos)].
Why hasn't this asteroid disintegrated?Science AAAS
Threatening asteroid a gravity-defying ball of rubbleWBIR-TV
Asteroid 1950 DA may wipe out life in 2880, hurtling toward Earth at Tech Times
Space.com -Boston.com -The Independent
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Posted on 13 August 2014 | 7:26 pm

The Enemy of an Asteroid Is My Friend – The Atlantic


The Atlantic

The Enemy of an Asteroid Is My Friend
The Atlantic
The deal, struck last September, also envisioned U.S.-Russia collaboration on “defense from asteroids,” which The New York Times described as “shorthand for a proposal to recycle a city-busting warhead that could be aimed at an incoming earth-destroyer.
David Williams: ASU researcher, Star Trek fan club president, asteroid namesakeNerdvana (blog)

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Posted on 9 August 2014 | 12:01 pm

Everyone Hates NASA’s Asteroid Capture Program – Popular Science


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Everyone Hates NASA's Asteroid Capture Program
Popular Science
In the early 2020s, the space agency will send a robotic vehicle equipped with an enormous bag to capture a 10-meter-diameter piece of a near-Earth asteroid and tug it into lunar orbit. Then, astronauts will travel to the foreign boulder, where they
NASA bets on asteroid mission as best path to MarsScience News
Appirio's Crowdsourcing Community Creates Breakthrough Solutions to Support Marketwired (press release)
NASA Plans To Deploy These Crowdsourced Projects In SpaceFast Company

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Posted on 7 August 2014 | 4:01 pm

Watch asteroids pummel the Earth in its first 500 million years – PBS


PBS

Watch asteroids pummel the Earth in its first 500 million years
PBS
A 500-million-year long storm of asteroids pummeled the infant Earth soon after it was formed, scientists believe. The smaller asteroids were the length of 15 football fields. The big ones were the size of Maine. These collisions, which occurred during
Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study showsLos Angeles Times
Asteroid Barrage Gave Ancient Earth A 'Facelift,' Study ShowsHuffington Post
Asteroid Parade Created Ancient Hell on EarthNature World News
India Today -EarthSky
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:32 pm

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NASA's asteroid plan may be cheapest route to Mars

A mosaic view of the giant asteroid Vesta made by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. / NASA WASHINGTON – NASA plans to redirect a small asteroid into lunar orbit during the next decade as part of a steppingstone approach to landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s.

Posted on 26 August 2014 | 9:52 pm

Asteroid had active volcanoes, reveal researchers

Following the explosion of an asteroid over the Nubian desert a handful of years ago, researchers have been studying bits and pieces that were harvested from that event. With these, a big discovery has been made: an asteroid from long ago contained active volcanoes. Amongst the pieces of debris that were gathered and studied, a tiny chunk revealed the big … Continue reading

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 9:27 am

Science: Scientists studying asteroid near Earth

Scientists have discovered the forces that keep a near-Earth asteroid, 1950 DA, from breaking apart, according to a research published in Nature. The asteroid, considered by NASA a potential threat to the Earth, is a fast-rotating pile of debris that seems to be defying the forces of gravity. The debris, making a full rotation every 2.12 hours, is held together by cohesive forces known as "Van …

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 8:05 pm

Near-Earth Asteroid Held Together by Unknown Force

The new discovery suggests better ways to deflect an incoming space rock — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Posted on 18 August 2014 | 4:52 pm

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

New discovery might help Earth avert a collision with a menacing asteroid with a 1 in 300 chance of hitting the planet in 2880

Posted on 16 August 2014 | 5:48 pm

Potential killer asteroid can be stopped: scientists

Scientists believe they are closer to working out how to stop an asteroid that could potentially wipe out Earth in 2880. A paper published in the journal Nature by researchers…

Posted on 16 August 2014 | 10:03 am

Huge Asteroid Defies Gravity As It Hurtles Toward Earth

Oh, and scientists say it could “end human life.”

Posted on 15 August 2014 | 3:50 pm

How to deflect an earth-bound asteroid

Washington, Aug 15 (IANS) A fast-spinning asteroid will pass close by earth in the year 2880 and an Armageddon-style blasting it into pieces may not be a good idea. According to planetary scientists, any mission to divert an asteroid on a collision course with earth would need to take these newfound cohesive forces into account. "You would want to avoid interacting with the asteroid directly …

Posted on 15 August 2014 | 6:46 am

Potentially Dangerous Asteroid Is Actually a Pile of Rubble

Unexpectedly, the scientists found 1950 DA is a porous rubble pile, about half of which is empty space. "I was expecting to find a high-density metallic asteroid, as such an asteroid wouldn't require cohesive forces to hold itself together under its fast rotation," lead study author Ben Rozitis, an astronomer at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, told Space.com. Asteroid 1950 DA is …

Posted on 13 August 2014 | 5:09 pm

How Will Earth's Leaders Respond to a Real Asteroid Threat?

Now, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has taken a step toward combating the asteroid threat. A special U.N. action team on near-Earth objects (NEOs) has recommended the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), which is designed to gather and analyze NEO data and provide timely warnings to national authorities if a potentially hazardous NEO …

Posted on 13 August 2014 | 12:51 pm