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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter its flight and sample collection plans, due to the rough […]

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Solar System’s First Interstellar Visitor Dazzles Scientists

Artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. The aspect ratio of up to 10:1 is unlike that of any object seen in our own solar system.

NASA’s asteroid-collecting spacecraft will slingshot around Earth today

NASA’s asteroid-collecting spacecraft will slingshot around Earth today

It has to pick up an extra boost. OSIRIS-REx will slingshot around Earth today. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona Today at 12:52 p.m. eastern time, an old friend will drop by to say hello—and get a firm push in the right direction before it heads on its merry way. It can’t stay too […]