“Bennu continues to surprise us with great science and also throwing a few curveballs,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science. He added, “And although we may have to move more quickly to stow the sample, it’s not a bad problem to have. We are so excited to see what appears to be an abundant sample that will inspire science for decades beyond this historic moment.”
A NASA probe orbiting an asteroid over 100 million miles from Earth successfully snatched on Tuesday a sample from the celestial body's rocky surface. NASA's minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made a four-hour descent toward the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid. At 6:12 p.m. EDT (22:12 GMT), the spacecraft performed a meticulous five-second 'touch-and-go' technique.
World's premier space agency NASA has said that an asteroid may collide with the Earth's orbit on Wednesday (October 7). According to asteroid monitoring centre of NASA, the asteroid named 2020 RK2 is expected to cross the Earth's orbit but it will be about 2,380,000 miles away from our planet. The US-based space agency, however, expressed hope that the asteroid would not cause any damage.
World's premier space agency NASA has said that an asteroid, roughly the size of a school bus, is set to zoom past Earth on Thursday (September 24). The asteroid will fly past at a distance of about 22,000 kilometres above the surface of earth. Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson discovered this asteroid named 2020 SW on Friday (September 18).
World's premier space agency NASA has said that an asteroid, twice as big as famous Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, would cross Earth's orbit on Sunday (September 6). The diameter of the asteroid named 465824 (2010 FR) is expected to be between 120 m and 270 m. According to NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), although the asteroid is of considerable size it won't hit the Earth's surface.
NASA estimates the asteroid`s relative speed at around 8.16 kilometres per second. The last time asteroid 2011 ES4 fly by the Earth was visible from ground for four days. The asteroid, listed as a potentially hazardous asteroid, was first discovered in the spring of 2011 and passes by Earth every nine years.
NASA estimates the asteroid`s relative speed at around 8.16 kilometres per second. The last time asteroid 2011 ES4 flew by the Earth was visible from ground for four days. The asteroid, listed as a potentially hazardous asteroid, was first discovered in the spring of 2011 and passes by Earth every nine years.
World's premier space agency NASA has predicted that a small asteroid heading towards the Earth is likely to hit planet Earth one day before the US presidential election that is scheduled for November 3. Though the news has been making headlines, there is no need to worry about this asteroid named 2018VP1 by NASA. The asteroid was first spotted in 2018 by Palomar Observatory in California while it was around 450,000 kilometres (280,000 miles) away from Earth.