Speculations have been rife recently that a powerful asteroid is headed towards Earth, and will lead to an extinction level destruction.
Asteroid mining is still in its infancy—no would-be miners have managed to land on a space rock, much less harvest the water and metals locked away inside of it. But if a spate of recent announcements are any indicator, private companies might lead the charge.
A small asteroid just made a very close flyby past Earth's geosynchronous satellites. It almost went unnoticed, with scientists discovering the nuisance space rock just two days before its close encounter.
Carrying a sample of the asteroid from billion of years ago, scientists can investigate where humans come from.
The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is all set to take off on Thursday for the groundbreaking asteroid Bennu mission.
Legendary musician Freddie Mercury has an asteroid named after him.
NASA has set the launch date of its first asteroid-sampling mission, the OSIRIS REx spacecraft on September 8 with the hopes of harvesting a large quantity of samples from the near-Earth asteroid ‘Bennu’.
Witness NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's launching on September 8, 2016, at 7:05 P.M. EDT to travel to asteroid Bennu to collect samples for further study here on Earth.
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth, that will help scientists investigate origin of life as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.
Would you want to be a part of the new asteroid mission? If NASA would have you, will you accept?
U.S. space agency NASA is all set to launch an unmanned spacecraft in September which will land on the much talked about asteroid Bennu in August 2018.