Researchers explain how minor planets got their rings

Scientists have determined the origin of the rings that surround a pair of minor planets orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune. The minor planets are known as centaurs, and are just two of 44,000 such objects. Centaurs have a diameter of

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Rosetta Discovered Solid Organic Matter on Comet’s Surface After Locating Lost Philae Lander

Europe’s comet chaser, Rosetta, recently performed a couple of remarkable feats. After Rosetta discovered ESA’s lost Philae lander lodged in a crevice of Comet 67P, it has also discovered complicated organic molecules on the comet’s surface. Rosetta performed all these

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NASA launches first asteroid dust-retrieval mission

The US space agency Thursday launched its first mission to collect dust from an asteroid, the kind of cosmic body that may have delivered life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago. The unmanned spacecraft, known as OSIRIS-REx, blasted off

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Missing comet lander Philae spotted at last: ESA

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has finally spotted its tiny lander Philae, thought to be lost forever, stuck in a ditch on the surface of a comet hurtling through space, ground controllers said Monday. “THE SEARCH IS OVER! I’ve found @Philae2014!!” the

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The Case of the Missing Ceres Craters

Ceres is covered in countless small, young craters, but none are larger than 175 miles (280 kilometers) in diameter. To scientists, this is a huge mystery, given that the dwarf planet must have been hit by numerous large asteroids during

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New methodology provides better size estimates of meteorite impact craters

Credit: University of Western Ontario Using newly developed methodology, planetary scientists from Western University have re-estimated the diameter of eight well-known impact craters on Earth. The journal Science Advances published an explanation of the new technique and the improved estimations today. Gordon

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NASA prepares to launch first US asteroid sample return mission

NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could

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NASA to map Asteroid Bennu from the ground up

How do you study the topography of an asteroid millions of miles away? Map it with a robotic cartographer! NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will launch in September 2016 and travel to a near-Earth asteroid

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Jupiter gravity push sets up ‘meteor storm’ on Earth

Observers are looking forward to an annual event that’s expected to turn into a “meteor storm” on Friday morning. The Perseid shower occurs every August but this year scientists say a gravitational push by Jupiter will make it more intense.

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NASA Spacecraft to Map Surface of ‘Doomsday’ Earth-Crushing Asteroid

An asteroid named Bennu could one day strike our planet. A new space mission could help us learn how to stop it. Discovered in 1999, 101955 Bennu is roughly 1,640 feet in diameter and orbits the Sun at a speed

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