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The sky is falling: The truth about doomsday asteroids

Globalnews.ca - ‎May 29, 2016‎
And about once a year, a car-sized asteroid slams into our atmosphere creating a bolide, or extremely bright fireball. Most of the time, the bulk of the asteroid breaks up in our atmosphere, but every so often, some of it makes it to Earth, as was the ...
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New Study Finds Dinosaur-Killing Asteroids Responsible for Mass Exinction of Marine Animals in Antarctica

Latin Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
A new Nature of Communications published study finds that the same asteroid that killed dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago is the same planet responsible for the mass extinction of marine animals in Antarctica.
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For Asteroid-Hunting Astronomers, Nathan Myhrvold Says the Sky Is Falling

Scientific American - ‎May 27, 2016‎
A new study from the wealthy technologist Nathan Myhrvold casts doubt on data from an asteroid-hunting NASA mission, suggesting that astronomers are in the dark about the magnitude of threats posed by potentially hazardous space rocks.

Turning Near-Earth Asteroids Into Strategically-Placed Fuel Dumps

Forbes - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Despite the recent buzz about eventually mining asteroids for metals, their real near-term value may be as space-based sources of water and carbon dioxide from which to make rocket propellant.

Scientists work on plans to defend Earth from killer asteroids

CBS News - ‎May 23, 2016‎
LIVERMORE -- Disaster movies from "Deep Impact" to "Asteroid" to "Armageddon" have mined drama from the mortal threat humanity could face if a massive asteroid were speeding towards Earth. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, scientists are ...

Incoming asteroids could crumble harmlessly before they hit us

New Scientist - ‎May 20, 2016‎
The skies may be safer than we assumed. Many asteroids are weak and brittle - which could be good news for us on Earth. More than 90 per cent of asteroids and comets larger than a kilometre across in Earth's neighbourhood have already been discovered, ...
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Lasers Could Blast Astronauts to Mars, Protect Earth from Asteroids

Space.com - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The same laser system being developed to blast tiny spacecraft between the stars could also launch human missions to Mars, protect Earth from dangerous asteroids and help get rid of space junk, project leaders say. Last month, famed physicist Stephen ...
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Rogue asteroid that could 'destroy city' entered Earth's atmosphere and just missed planet

Express.co.uk - ‎May 23, 2016‎
Smaller sized asteroids, which can still devastate huge areas if they struck are the hardest to identify, meaning a sudden and unexpected impact is a real possibility.
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The future of space travel could depend on this urgent race for asteroid resources

Quartz - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Watch the video above to see how two US companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, plan to mine asteroids within the next few decades.
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Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources kills 'space selfie' project

The Verge - ‎May 27, 2016‎
"Our team has been working on the critical technologies required to detect and identify the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids and their resources," said Lewicki in the statement. "We have also created new technologies for onboard computing, ...

Seattle Week in Review: Asteroids, Clouds, Secrets, Donuts

Xconomy - ‎May 27, 2016‎
—In addition to news of its $21.1 million funding round, Planetary Resources disclosed this week that it is abandoning its plan for a crowd-funded space telescope.

Abstracts: Water Scarcity, Beer, Asteroids, and More

Undark Magazine - ‎May 25, 2016‎
NASA has estimated the size of almost 160,000 asteroids, but according to the former chief technologist at Microsoft, those estimates could be very wrong.
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'Hundreds' of gigantic asteroids may have walloped Earth before the dinosaurs

Tech Insider - ‎May 17, 2016‎
About 3.9 billion years ago, countless asteroids and meteorites bombarded the Earth and moon during a violent period called the Late Heavy Bombardment.
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Deep space asteroids could be way more fragile than scientists first thought

Blastr - ‎May 23, 2016‎
New Scientist reports a new study by Desireé Cotto-Figueroa of Arizona State University in Tempe that looked into the makeup and brittleness of meteorites and asteroids. They eventually learned that space rocks could be much more brittle than ...

Tech titan Nathan Myhrvold stirs up debate over search for killer asteroids

Yahoo News - ‎May 23, 2016‎
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Millionaire techie Nathan Myhrvold is used to stirring up controversy over issues ranging from patent licensing to dinosaur growth rates, but now he's weighing in on an even bigger debate: the search for potentially hazardous asteroids.
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Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos, may actually be asteroids captured by Martian gravity.

Seeker - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos, may actually be asteroids captured by Martian gravity. 0. RELATED stories. Some black holes are shrouded in the ground-up remains of dead planets which become a thick dusty ring.

NASA launches spacecraft to STOP Earth-bound KILLER asteroid

Express.co.uk - ‎May 27, 2016‎
Experts at the space agency have touted the asteroid to be potentially hazardous and even a threat to life as we know it. The OSIRIS-Rex mission will blast off from Florida in September and is set to reach the asteroid dubbed Bennu in 2018. The ...
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NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Orlando Sentinel - ‎May 20, 2016‎
NASA's asteroid-bound spacecraft OSIRIS-REx made the trip from Lockheed Martin in Colorado to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Friday, May 21.

Presentation - 'OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa and the Study of Near-Earth Asteroids'

UANews (press release) - ‎May 19, 2016‎
The development, launch and operation of Cassini represented an unprecedented example of international technical collaboration, but then the world changed.

NASA to Launch Robotic Mission To Collect And Redirect Asteroid Boulders in 2020

Nature World News - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Asteroids are usually seen outside the Earth, sometimes even with just the naked eye. And because it can easily be found, NASA is developing a study where robotic arms will collect and redirect the orbits of known asteroids so scientists can further ...
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