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Luxembourg reaches for the stars with asteroid mining deal

Phys.Org - ‎14 hours ago‎
DSI said it would initially develop a test spacecraft in the USA and Luxembourg to be called "Prospector-X" which will pave the way for the construction of a fully-functioning nano-ship capable of landing on asteroids and assessing their mineral resources.
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New Evidence Reveals Asteroids May Have Brought Life to Earth

Sputnik International - ‎May 4, 2016‎
According to scientists at the Laurentian University in Sudbury, the ancient Canadian asteroid impact hurled debris for thousands of miles, creating multiple craters.

Asteroids, Mining, and Policy: Practical Consideration of Space Resource Rights

Space Ref (press release) - ‎12 hours ago‎
SWF and the Alliance for Space Development (ASD) will host a panel discussion on "Asteroids, Mining, and Policy: Practical Consideration of Space Resource Rights" on Thursday May 5, 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Washington, DC.
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Be prepared: asteroids, robots and deadly viruses could kill millions - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
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 - ‎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 ...
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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.

Spot Big Asteroid Juno in the Night Sky - ‎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 ...

NASA's OSIRIS-REx set for 7-year trip to Asteroid Bennu and back

Orlando Sentinel - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Hurling through space are frozen rocks with the answers to where life on Earth came from and loaded with elements to fuel future deep space missions.
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How to bump an asteroid off course

The Guardian - ‎May 1, 2016‎
Roughly every other week a one-metre-wide asteroid impacts on Earth's atmosphere and creates a spectacular fireball. Meanwhile, every few decades a lump of rock the size of a double-decker bus comes our way, creating a small crater on the ground like ...
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Human Apocalypse Predicted? Killer Robots and Asteroids Could Wipe Out Humanity

Australia Network News - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Films like Deep Impact and Armageddon have already dramatized human extinction through the fantasy of an asteroid hit. But in 2013, a real-life asteroid hit Chelyabinsk, Russia, which was 20 meters wide and hurtled towards the Earth's atmosphere at ...

The Asteroid Miner's Guide to the Galaxy

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
First, a fleet of satellites will be dispatched to outer space, fitted with probes that can measure the quality and quantity of water and minerals in nearby asteroids and comets. Later, armed with that information, mining companies like DSI will send ...

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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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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Scientists unravel the mystery of earth's oldest crystals, thanks to violent asteroids bombarding a young earth

International Business Times AU - ‎Apr 30, 2016‎
The flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta is seen in this composite handout image from NASA's Dawn mission provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on December 16, 2013.

Dark Matter Could Send Asteroids Crashing into Earth

Seeker (registration) (blog) - ‎May 1, 2016‎
This could lead to catastrophic asteroid impacts on Earth, of the kind that likely ended the Age of Dinosaurs, said theoretical physicists Lisa Randall and Matthew Reece at Harvard University.

Why NASA plans to crash a spacecraft into an asteroid

Cosmos - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
Once at its destination, it will orbit the two asteroids and conduct preliminary observations from a safe distance. But it will also be a rendezvous point for DART when it arrives to crash into the little moon some months later, at which point AIM will ...

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 ...

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.