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Be prepared: asteroids, robots and deadly viruses could kill millions

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎22 hours ago‎
Governments are failing to properly prepare for a wave of catastrophic threats to humanity such as the rise of robots and 'off-the-shelf' deadly viruses, scientists argue.

Space Explained: Asteroids

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
We are all familiar with the big budget Hollywood films where an asteroid threatens to destroy life as we know it here on Earth - but how close has our planet really come to asteroid impact in recent memory, and what else do we know about these pieces ...

Spot Big Asteroid Juno in the Night Sky

Space.com - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Most of us have played the computer game "Asteroids" at some point in our lives, but how many have actually observed a real asteroid in the sky? Video games and sci-fi movies give the impression that the asteroid belt is a celestial rock pile crammed ...

The Asteroid Miner's Guide to the Galaxy

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎16 hours ago‎
Since 2012, he has served as DSI's chief lawyer, a job that encompasses both legal-counsel duties - liaising with legislators, vetting contracts - and the full-time proselytization of his company's mission: laying the foundation for an asteroid ...
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How to cook up asteroids on Earth for space mining gear tests

Cosmos - ‎Apr 24, 2016‎
In February, the tiny European nation Luxembourg announced it will pioneer mining of gold, platinum and tungsten on asteroids. And in September, NASA plans to send its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to asteroid 101955 Bennu and return with samples in 2023.

Why NASA plans to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid

Cosmos - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
The asteroid pair will come as close as 16 million kilometres from Earth in 2022 - a perfect opportunity for such an experimental mission, because the asteroids will still be far enough away so there will be no chance of accidentally sending one ...

NASA is building a super-efficient ion thruster to haul an asteroid to the moon

Tech Insider - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
NASA is working on the next generation of space propulsion, and it's looking very wimpy - but incredibly efficient. The space agency is developing a brand-new ion thruster engine to slowly propel an Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) spaceship to a ...
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Did Asteroid Impacts Incubate Mars' Ancient Oceans?

Discovery News - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Last year, NASA researchers looked at water in the Red Planet's atmosphere and compared it to water trapped in ancient meteorites from Mars.
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This technological moonshot and 13 others are deemed worthy of further study.

The Drive - ‎Apr 18, 2016‎
The Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata concept would turn an asteroid into an autonomous spaceship. That would be done by having “technically simple robotic processes” use material from the asteroid itself to 3D print (in this ...

Here's the destruction different asteroids would cause if they hit Earth

Tech Insider - ‎Apr 22, 2016‎
NASA tracks more than 10,000 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) in space. Millions of years ago, one of these NEOs hit Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs.
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Queen Guitarist Brian May on Earth Being Hit by Asteroid: "We Need to Know"

Inverse - ‎Apr 20, 2016‎
The European Space Agency hasn't been shy about its overwhelming interest in asteroids - particularly when it comes to the safety of Earth and its inhabitants.

Why Do We Need Astrogeologists? Asteroids and Comets are Natural Resources Too

Inverse - ‎Apr 23, 2016‎
With images collected from spacecrafts and rovers, astrogeologists study the terrain and composition of planets, asteroids, and comets.

NASA Creating Robot Powered Asteroids To Protect Earth From Killer Space Rocks

The Inquisitr - ‎Apr 16, 2016‎
NASA is preparing to outfit asteroids with robot powered guidance systems in an effort to save the Earth from an Armageddon style killer space rock.
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NASA Finds New Use For Old Asteroid Spacecraft [VIDEO]

Daily Caller - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
Dwarf planet Ceres is seen in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this undated artist's conception released by NASA January 22, 2014.
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Planets, asteroids are in Lockheed Martin's 2016 travel plans

Denver Business Journal (blog) - ‎Apr 16, 2016‎
Colorado Springs— Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has an intriguing list of destinations it's working on this year: Jupiter, an asteroid or two, Mars and maybe Venus. Those spots in the solar system are ones that Jefferson County-based LMSS's ...
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New 'gym' for AI developers packed with Asteroids, Pong and Space Invaders

Siliconrepublic.com - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Elon Musk's $1bn OpenAI non-profit has just opened up its AI learning 'gym' to the public, with Atari games the perfect foil for a developing piece of software it seems.
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NASA's Dawn probe may visit third asteroid after Ceres and Vesta

New Scientist - ‎Apr 20, 2016‎
It is the first ever spacecraft to visit two different asteroids, a hop-on, hop-off tour made possible thanks to Dawn's low-thrust ion drive, which uses electricity to spit out xenon ions rather than conventional rocket fuel.
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Scientists say zircon formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts that hit Earth

Daily Mail - ‎11 hours ago‎
The very oldest pieces of rock on Earth - zircon crystals - are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroids. This contradicts the previous belief that they were created by Earth's plate tectonics shortly after it formed. The ...

ISU prof developing ways to protect planet from asteroids

Ames Tribune - ‎Apr 16, 2016‎
While he is confident that nuclear technology is the best way to protect Earth from asteroids, one Iowa State University professor is finding new ways to deflect what he says is the only preventable natural disaster.

Elektra: A New Triple Asteroid

Space Daily - ‎14 hours ago‎
Astronomers have discovered a new satellite orbiting the main belt asteroid (130) Elektra - the smallest object visible in this image.
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