China is now looking to launch its first planetary defense test mission a year earlier than planned and on a larger rocket.
Asteroids are space rocks thought to be the remains left over from the formation of the solar system. They range in size from tiny (the size of a car or so) to truly giant, with at least one - Ceres - gaining dwarf planet status. In our solar system, billions of asteroids are in the asteroid belt, a region around the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Others stray from this region, and can potentially post an impact threat to the Earth. At least one interstellar asteroid, called 'Oumuamua, has passed through our solar system. Learn more about asteroids here.
The team behind NASA's Lucy asteroid mission is resuming work with the spacecraft to fully deploy and latch its second solar array after a recent successful Earth flyby.
A Martian megatsunami may have raced across the Red Planet after a cosmic impact similar to the one that likely ended Earth's age of dinosaurs, a new study finds.
Less than two weeks after a bright fireball lit up the sky above the Great Lakes, another spectacular meteor impressed skywatchers in the Northeast.
NASA has removed the twin Janus smallsats from the Psyche asteroid mission after launch delays meant Janus would not be able to meet its science goals.
Isotopic evidence points to carbonaceous chondrite asteroids bringing enough water to Mars that it could have formed a global ocean some 1,000 feet deep.
A small space rock was discovered on Saturday (Nov. 19) just a few hours before hitting Earth's atmosphere and landing in Canada's Lake Ontario.
Reference The OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sampling mission will deliver pieces of asteroid Bennu to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, before moving on to study asteroid Apophis in 2029.
If you surfed the web this morning, you may have seen news of the latest existential threat to humanity: a “planet killer” asteroid named 2022 AP7.
A NASA Venus mission will have to wait at least three more years to launch due to issues with the agency's Psyche asteroid probe.
Astronomers have confirmed that a suspicious space rock that hit Earth in 2014 came from another star system, predating the famous interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua by three years.
A skyscraper-size asteroid will make a safe flyby our our planet today (Nov. 1) and it showed up on camera with the Virtual Telescope Project ahead of a live broadcast.
A giant asteroid that might one day cross paths with Earth has been discovered hiding in the glare of the sun.
We could detect potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids by using six surveyor spacecraft deployed in Venus-like orbits, Chinese researchers propose.
A newly discovered, "potentially hazardous" asteroid almost the size of the world's tallest skyscraper is set to tumble past Earth just in time for Halloween, according to NASA.
NASA will continue to develop its troubled Psyche asteroid mission, with the aim of launching it in October 2023 — a year later than planned.