Scientists are learning a little bit more about the asteroid, Vesta, and its internal structure. With the help of numerical simulations and data from the space mission Dawn, researchers have taken a closer look at its internal structure.
While space may seem empty, it's not. Instead, it flows with electric activity that may be able to impact space missions. Now, NASA wants to learn a bit more about the electrical environment of space as they begin plans to send humans to a nearby asteroid.
NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is another space project aimed to help expedite the upcoming Mars missions in the 2030s. The space agency awarded nearly $5 million for concept studies that focus on its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
Scientists involved with the NASA Asteroid Initiative have announced that small asteroids can actually be flying rock clusters or even clouds of dust surrounding solid rocks.
Asteroid HQ214 was discovered only six weeks ago, but NASA researchers have wasted no time in finding out more about it. They bounced radio signals off of the giant planetoid and received the most detailed radar views ever.
When you think of threats to cities and towns, your mind might automatically go to the problem of crime or even climate change. Yet there may be another threat that we haven't considered: asteroid impacts.
NASA recently announced they would be conducting a mission to visit a nearby asteroid to collect samples from its surface by 2018. Some politicians in Congress want NASA to bypass this mission and go directly to Mars or visit the moon.
Ancient impact glass from asteroids may tell us a little bit more about the history of our planet. This molten glass can encapsulated bits of plant life that reveal what Earth was like millions of years ago.
We typically hear about asteroids in a destructive fashion: those that collide with each other in space and create explosions. Yet NASA could soon make history with an upcoming asteroid project.
Millions of years ago, a massive asteroid slammed into Earth, setting off a chain of events that changed life forever. Now, scientists have reconstructed that impact, revealing how catastrophic event this truly was.
Chariklo is an asteroid-like object located between Saturn and Uranus. It only measures 154 miles across, which makes it a relatively insignificant part of outer space. However, it does possess one unique characteristic.