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Asteroid as long as New Jersey likely gave the moon a 'right eye'

Futurity: Research News - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
Around 3.8 billion years ago, an asteroid more than 150 miles across, roughly equal to the length of New Jersey, slammed into the Moon and created the Imbrium Basin—the right eye of the “Man in the Moon.

Wait... Gold Came From Ancient Asteroids?!

Seeker - ‎Jul 19, 2016‎
Many scientists theorize that around 3.8-4.1 billion years ago asteroids loaded with gold from collided neutron stars pelted Earth and moon.

Huge sail will power JAXA mission to Trojan asteroids and back

The Japan Times - ‎Jul 20, 2016‎
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency this month unveiled a huge prototype solar sail designed to power a JAXA probe as it explores asteroids that circle the sun on roughly the same orbit as Jupiter. The sail measures 2,500 sq. meters and is made up ...

Massive Asteroids Created Craters On Moon, Planets, Findings Show

Aviation Week - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
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NEOWISE Boosts Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Finds

Seeker - ‎Jul 15, 2016‎
While overall near-Earth NEOWISE asteroid discoveries are tiny - this NASA site says NEOWISE found 34 in its second year - 13 of those asteroids have orbits that bring them really close to Earth, putting them in the "potentially hazardous" category.

Atari and Pariplay release Asteroids instant-win game

InterGame - ‎Jul 22, 2016‎
Pariplay's Atari Asteroids is an instant-win game as well as a first-person shooter in which players use laser canons to blast passing asteroids and reveal hidden gems. A nine-symbol action scratch game, Asteroids allows players whose asteroid-shooting ...
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How did asteroid impact wipe out dinosaurs?

The Indian Express - ‎Jul 16, 2016‎
A new study has now said that when the asteroid hit the oil-rich region of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, a massive amount of soot was ejected which then spread globally, causing global cooling, drought and limited cessation of photosynthesis in oceans.

Looking to space as an asteroid miner

Science Magazine - ‎Jul 11, 2016‎
As the CEO and chief asteroid miner of Planetary Resources, Inc. in Redmond, Washington, the 42-year-old aerospace engineer is looking to identify how the materials in near-Earth asteroids—namely metals and water—can be used to one day facilitate ...

Scientists Say Giant Asteroid Could Hit Earth Next Week, Causing Mass Devastation

snopes.com - ‎Jul 12, 2016‎
And what does this have to do with asteroids hitting the earth? In July 2016, Yackler Magazine published an article bearing the clickbait title, "Scientists Say Giant Asteroid Could Hit Earth Next Week, Causing Mass Devastation". While the first two ...

JPL Von Karman Lecture | Dawn of the Asteroids

SCVTV (press release) (blog) - ‎Jul 18, 2016‎
These were among the last uncharted worlds in the inner solar system prior to Dawn. They are the two most massive residents of the main asteroid belt, that vast collection of bodies between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres so large that it included in the ...

Asteroids Helped Dinosaurs Live, Scientists Say

Science World Report - ‎Jul 15, 2016‎
The dinosaurs' extinction may have not been caused by the Manicouagan event, the scorching of asteroid through the Earth's atmosphere and slamming into the northern region of the supercontinent Pangaea around 215 million years ago, as initially ...

This space mining company has an awesome vision for the future

Tech Insider - ‎Jul 12, 2016‎
Deep Space Mining is a company who sees the next step of humanity in the asteroids. They have a set of goals that including launching unmanned spacecraft to mine elements on asteroids and become the first extraterrestrial gas station. This will allow ...

Asteroids Minesweeper Released on Steam

Gamers Hell - ‎Jul 14, 2016‎
Developed by Francois Braud and published by Black Shell Media for Windows PC, in Asteroids Minesweeper you work as a teleworker at Abstract Space Industry Corp to mine asteroids... but things happen to go terribly wrong... Now you'll get to experience ...

An Asteroid-Scouting Company Turns its Gaze on Earth

Air & Space Magazine - ‎Jul 20, 2016‎
Asteroid mining is still decades from becoming a reality, so prospector Planetary Resources is finding interim uses for the technology it's developing.

Scanning the heavens

Albuquerque Journal - ‎12 hours ago‎
New Mexico Tech intern Jacob Schirer, left, and research scientist William Ryan work with the 2.4-meter telescope at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory on South Baldy peak, southwest of Socorro.

Readying for Takeoff: OSIRIS-REx Craft Is Being Put to the Test

UANews (press release) - ‎Jul 20, 2016‎
OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission designed to return a piece of an asteroid to Earth. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept.
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Why A Planet Can't Hide Behind The Sun Or Above The South Pole

Science 2.0 - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Pan STARRS telescope which searches for asteroids every night can see objects of up to 300 meters in diameter right out to the outer edge of the asteroid belt, in ideal viewing conditions when they are high in the night sky. It has already found ...

Voyage to Bennu and Back with OSIRIS-REx [Video]

Scientific American - ‎Jul 19, 2016‎
Other asteroids like Bennu may have seeded the early, prebiotic Earth with this material, contributing to the primordial soup from which life eventually emerged.

Star Trek Beyond review – engagingly nerdy

The Guardian - ‎11 hours ago‎
... particularly during the action sequences. The film relies too heavily on the “shout something incomprehensible, do something inexplicable” technique.

Scientists study early evolution of activated asteroid P/2016 G1

Phys.Org - ‎Jul 19, 2016‎
(Phys.org)—A team of Spanish astronomers has recently observed a newly discovered asteroid designated P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS), revealing its activity and measuring its total dust loss.
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