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Oct 14, 2020

When Asteroid Impacts Are a Good Thing

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Meteorite impacts may be a good thing — but only sometimes.


Craters could create habitable conditions on many planets and moons.

Sep 29, 2020

Earth-skimming meteoroid dipped 56 miles into the atmosphere

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A meteoroid skimmed Earth’s atmosphere for 19 seconds over the Netherlands and Germany. The object came in as low as 56 miles in altitude, covering a path of more than 466 miles.

Sep 22, 2020

RV-size asteroid to get closer to Earth than the moon

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This asteroid isn’t socially distancing with Earth very well.

Sep 22, 2020

NASA warns newly-spotted asteroid to pass by ‘closer than a weather satellite’

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US space agency NASA has forecast a recently-spotted asteroid, 2020 SW, for a fly-by on Thursday. It will fly by at an agonising distance of around 17,000 miles – closer than a weather satellite.

Sep 16, 2020

ESA awards €129.4 million contract to planetary defence mission Hera

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Darmstadt, 15 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded a €129.4 million contract covering the design, manufacturing and testing of Hera, the space agency’s first mission for planetary defence, ESA announced today.

The contract was signed by Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, and Marco Fuchs, CEO of Germany space company OHB, prime contractor of the Hera consortium, ESA said today. The signing took place at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, which will serve as mission control for the 2024-launched Hera.

The mission will be Europe’s contribution to an international asteroid deflection effort, set to perform sustained exploration of a double asteroid system, ESA said.

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Sep 12, 2020

NASA tracks three space rocks making near-Earth approach TODAY

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ASTEROID trackers at US-based space agency NASA have revealed a trio of cosmic rocks will safely skim past Earth today.

Sep 11, 2020

Meteor booms over California in stunning video — ‘That was a close call’

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A HUGE meteor streaked in the skies above California, leaving onlookers stunned with one claiming it was “a close call”.

Aug 30, 2020

An asteroid the size of a high-rise will fly near Earth on September 1

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It is reported that the dimensions of the celestial body are from 22 to 49 meters. According to the space agency, at the minimum distance to the planet – about 120 thousand kilometers – the asteroid will come up at 19.12 Moscow time. The asteroid is moving at 8.16 kilometers per second.

Note that the celestial body was discovered on March 2, 2011. It belongs to the group of “Apollo”, that is, asteroids, whose flight paths cross the Earth’s orbit.

Aug 23, 2020

NASA: An Asteroid Will Come Close To Earth Right Before Election Day

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Amid a pandemic, civil unrest and a divisive US election season, we now have an asteroid zooming toward us.

On the day before the presidential vote, no less.

Yep. The celestial object known as 2018VP1 is projected to come close to Earth on November 2, according to the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Aug 21, 2020

An asteroid is on possible collision course with Earth this November: Should we be worried?

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As if there wasn’t enough to think about these days, now there is talk of an asteroid, which is supposedly heading directly for Earth.

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