Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Science 04/04/19, 23:33

Japan's space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.Friday's crater mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it had to immediately get away so ...

Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid

U.S. 03/29/19, 18:25

New research released Friday captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake.It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs.The ...

Rock On: NASA releases artsy shots of 2 asteroids

Science 03/28/19, 12:39

NASA has released a pair of artsy shots of two little asteroids.Thursday's picture shows an asteroid coming apart at its dusty seams, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope . Two long comet-like tails are streaming from asteroid Gault, a 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) world that's spinning so fast it's shedding.Photos released Wednesday ...

NASA’s plan to scoop up dirt from asteroid hits a snag

Science 03/19/19, 12:41

NASA's plan to scoop up dirt and gravel from an asteroid has hit a snag.Scientists thought the asteroid Bennu had wide, open areas suitable for the task. But a spacecraft now circling the asteroid revealed the surface is covered with boulders and there aren't any big, smooth spots for sampling.In ...

Japanese spacecraft touches down on asteroid to get samples

Science 02/21/19, 19:56

A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.Workers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency control center applauded Friday as a signal sent from space indicated the Hayabusa2 spacecraft had touched down.During ...

Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

Business 02/21/19, 02:25

A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.Hayabusa2's descent was delayed for about five hours for a safety check, but the unmanned craft is still due ...

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

Science 01/17/19, 14:03

Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry.For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday's ...

Asteroid-circling spacecraft grabs cool snapshot of home

U.S. 01/08/19, 14:53

An asteroid-circling spacecraft has captured a cool snapshot of home.NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture days before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve.The tiny asteroid — barely one-third of a mile (500 meters) across — appears as a big bright blob in the long-exposure photo released ...

NASA spacecraft enters orbit around asteroid, sets records

Science 12/31/18, 20:32

A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records.The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It's the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet ...

Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

Space 12/13/18, 06:49

Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday the two solar-powered rovers have become inactive and are probably in ...

NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

Science 12/10/18, 18:02

NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought.Scientists on Monday released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft Osiris-Rex hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which is only about three blocks wide and ...

NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

U.S. 12/03/18, 12:09

After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft has arrived at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the diamond-shaped space rock Monday. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around ...

Japan delays spacecraft landing on very rocky asteroid

Space 10/12/18, 07:41

Japan's space agency is delaying a spacecraft touchdown on an asteroid because scientists need more time to find a safe landing site on the extremely rocky surface.This Oct. 3, 2018 image taken at an altitude of about 25 meter by Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCAT)'s camera and provided by the ...

Japanese spacecraft drops device to land on asteroid

Space 10/03/18, 01:12

A Japanese spacecraft has dropped a German-French observation device to land on an asteroid as part of a research effort that could find clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from ...

Photos from Japanese space rovers show asteroid is … rocky

World 09/28/18, 02:02

New photos taken on the surface of an asteroid show that it is (drumroll, please) ... rocky.It may be no surprise, but Japan space agency scientists and engineers are nonetheless thrilled by the images being sent to Earth by two jumping robotic rovers that they dropped onto an asteroid about ...

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Science 09/21/18, 06:21

A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near ...

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