Blog posts tagged with asteroids

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May 27 2016
22:37 UTC

Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Sending human astronauts to Mars is a dream shared by many, but there are still challenges to overcome and the question of just how to accomplish it is a subject of intense debate. Some supporters advocate sending a mission directly to Mars, while others think that returning to the Moon first, for potentially beneficial training, … Continue Reading →The post Back to the Moon? New House bill defunds NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission appeared first on planetaria.

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May 27 2016
19:46 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — May 27, 2016: Dr. Seth Shostak

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Dr. Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute. He also heads up the International Academy of Astronautics' SETI Permanent Committee. In addition, Seth is keen on outreach activities: interesting the public — and especially young people — in science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He's […]The post Weekly Space Hangout – May 27, 2016: Dr. Seth Shostak appeared first on Universe Today.

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May 22 2016
04:11 UTC

America's First Asteroid Sampling Mission OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Florida Launch Base

America's first ever mission designed to retrieve samples from the surface of an asteroid and return them to Earth - OSIRIS-Rex - has arrived at its Florida launch base for processing to get ready for blastoff barely three and one half months from today. NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket

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May 18 2016
20:52 UTC

30 km Wide Asteroid Impacted Australia 3.4 Billion Years Ago

New evidence found in northwestern Australia suggests that a massive asteroid, 20 to 30 kilometres in diameter, struck Earth about 3. 5 billion years ago. This impact would have dwarfed anything experienced by humans, and dinosaurs, releasing as much energy as millions of nuclear weapons. Impacts this large can trigger earthquakes and tsunamis, and change the geological history of Earth. The evidence was uncovered by Andrew Glikson and Arthur Hickman from the Australian National University. While

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