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OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx is about to go collect (and return) samples from an asteroid But these days, the big space projects that define the push toward a future in space tend to be iterative.Once successful, pushing away and back toward Earth should be a simple matter by the standards of billion-dollar space projects.

Where are all the large impact craters on Ceres?

Where are all the large impact craters on Ceres? Astronomers agree with you — most of the rocks in our asteroid belt look pretty careworn.So they expected that when NASA’s Dawn spacecraft got to Ceres, they would see similarly many large impact craters marring the dwarf planet’s surface, just like every other rocky thing in our entire solar system.

Launch of NASA’s asteroid sample-return mission goes off without a hitch

Launch of NASA’s asteroid sample-return mission goes off without a hitch The asteroid Bennu is about to have a visitor — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida as planned yesterday evening.There are, of course, plenty of samples of asteroids on Earth — they literally fall out of the sky every day.

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact

NASA and FEMA hold exercise to simulate unavoidable asteroid impact Technology gives us a shot at stopping the worst-case scenario, something that experts from NASA and FEMA recently got together to simulate.The exercise included representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the US Air Force, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test The ESA and NASA are pushing for a 2020 mission to test technologies that could help us deflect an object before it smacks into Earth.The joint European-US Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) is still in the planning stages, but it could launch in 2020.

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres

NASA releases new image of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres Depending on how you want to define a planet, Ceres could almost be a fit.Most recently, Dawn moved to an altitude of 960 miles (1480 kilometers), which is how the latest images of the bright spots were captured.