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A Physics Outsider Says NASA Asteroid Scientists Are All Wrong. Is He Right? (Spoiler: No)

Slate Magazine (blog) - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Nathan Myhrvold is a billionaire, the former chief technology officer at Microsoft, and holds a Ph.D. in physics. He has a scientific background, obviously, and recently became interested in the search for near-Earth asteroids, the kind that get close ...

Turning Near-Earth Asteroids Into Strategically-Placed Fuel Dumps

Forbes - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Despite the recent buzz about eventually mining asteroids for metals, their real near-term value may be as space-based sources of water and carbon dioxide from which to make rocket propellant.
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The future of space travel could depend on this urgent race for asteroid resources

Quartz - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Watch the video above to see how two US companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, plan to mine asteroids within the next few decades.

Scientists work on plans to defend Earth from killer asteroids

CBS News - ‎May 23, 2016‎
LIVERMORE -- Disaster movies from "Deep Impact" to "Asteroid" to "Armageddon" have mined drama from the mortal threat humanity could face if a massive asteroid were speeding towards Earth. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, scientists are ...
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Lasers Could Blast Astronauts to Mars, Protect Earth from Asteroids

Space.com - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The same laser system being developed to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars could also launch human missions to Mars, protect Earth from dangerous asteroids and help get rid of space junk, project leaders say. Last month, famed physicist Stephen ...

Incoming asteroids could crumble harmlessly before they hit us

New Scientist - ‎May 20, 2016‎
The skies may be safer than we assumed. Many asteroids are weak and brittle - which could be good news for us on Earth. More than 90 per cent of asteroids and comets larger than a kilometre across in Earth's neighbourhood have already been discovered, ...

Seattle Week in Review: Asteroids, Clouds, Secrets, Donuts

Xconomy - ‎May 27, 2016‎
—In addition to news of its $21.1 million funding round, Planetary Resources disclosed this week that it is abandoning its plan for a crowd-funded space telescope.
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Rogue asteroid that could 'destroy city' entered Earth's atmosphere and just missed planet

Express.co.uk - ‎May 23, 2016‎
Smaller sized asteroids, which can still devastate huge areas if they struck are the hardest to identify, meaning a sudden and unexpected impact is a real possibility.

Abstracts: Water Scarcity, Beer, Asteroids, and More

Undark Magazine - ‎May 25, 2016‎
NASA has estimated the size of almost 160,000 asteroids, but according to the former chief technologist at Microsoft, those estimates could be very wrong.
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Deep space asteroids could be way more fragile than scientists first thought

Blastr - ‎May 23, 2016‎
New Scientist reports a new study by Desireé Cotto-Figueroa of Arizona State University in Tempe that looked into the makeup and brittleness of meteorites and asteroids. They eventually learned that space rocks could be much more brittle than ...
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Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos, may actually be asteroids captured by Martian gravity.

Seeker - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Some black holes are shrouded in the ground-up remains of dead planets which become a thick dusty ring. Astronomers have spotted the debris of a "comet storm" deep inside Eta Corvia star system 50 light-years from Earth.
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'Hundreds' of gigantic asteroids may have walloped Earth before the dinosaurs

Tech Insider - ‎May 17, 2016‎
About 3.9 billion years ago, countless asteroids and meteorites bombarded the Earth and moon during a violent period called the Late Heavy Bombardment.

Tech titan Nathan Myhrvold stirs up debate over search for killer asteroids

Yahoo News - ‎May 23, 2016‎
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Millionaire techie Nathan Myhrvold is used to stirring up controversy over issues ranging from patent licensing to dinosaur growth rates, but now he's weighing in on an even bigger debate: the search for potentially hazardous asteroids.
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Planetary Resources' asteroid miners focus on Earth observation with $21 million in new funding

GeekWire - ‎May 26, 2016‎
“It leverages everything that we have been working on for the last several years … and it moves us forward in the direction of asteroid prospecting,” Planetary Resources' president and CEO, Chris Lewicki, said this week during a tour of the company's ...
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NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Orlando Sentinel - ‎May 20, 2016‎
NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft OSIRIS-REx made the trip from Lockheed Martin in Colorado to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Friday, May 21.

Presentation - 'OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa and the Study of Near-Earth Asteroids'

UANews (press release) - ‎May 19, 2016‎
The development, launch and operation of Cassini represented an unprecedented example of international technical collaboration, but then the world changed.

Matt Taylor: Rosetta Might Be Followed by Mission to Asteroids

Novinite.com - ‎May 16, 2016‎
"Comets are leftover material from the beginning of the Solar System, so by studying them we get an idea of what the conditions were like at the beginning.

Former Microsoft Chief Technologist Questions NASA's Ability to Track Killer Asteroids, Space Agency says 'He knows ...

Northern California News - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Astronomers have located thousands of asteroids that will zoom past earth in near future, but there are numerous others that are still undiscovered and some have a hunch that one of these could pose threat to earthlings in the coming decades.

NASA to Launch Robotic Mission To Collect And Redirect Asteroid Boulders in 2020

Nature World News - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Asteroids are usually seen outside the Earth, sometimes even with just the naked eye. And because it can easily be found, NASA is developing a study where robotic arms will collect and redirect the orbits of known asteroids so scientists can further ...
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