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How NASA is Preparing to Visit and/or Destroy Asteroids

So there’s this asteroid, 99942 Apophis, that will make a “close approach to” (read: “near miss of”) Earth in 2029 and possibly again in 2036. Don’t worry, we’re probably fine — there are lots of way more dangerous asteroids coming our way…just not quite so soon. When an asteroid hits Earth (and one [...]

5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids. Here are a few apocalyptic scenarios from recent popular culture, how they might happen, and how likely they are to occur. 1. Subterranean Apocalypse Some existential threats are waiting quietly beneath the surface [...]

Astronauts in training for asteroid mission

A team of astronauts are being trained for a mission to land on and explore the surface of an asteroid. Visiting an asteroid is part of NASA’s long-te…

An Asteroid to Watch

Astronomers are keeping an eye on a moving body called asteroid 2011 AG5, which is scheduled to pass by Earth twice in the next few decades. As its trajectory is known so far, the odds of it hitting us are about 1 in 625. When AG5 passes us in February 2023, the Earth’s gravity will bend [...]

Large asteroid Yu55 to pass close to Earth

The 400m wide asteroid will pass by the closest a tracked object of its size has ever done before. Due to pass us on November 8th, the asteroid will c…

Mystery surrounds dinosaur-killing asteroid

Doubt has been cast on where the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs would have come from. Up until now it was thought that the killer asteroid tha…

Will asteroid Apophis hit Earth in 2036 ?

Scientists have proposed a spacecraft that could prevent an asteroid from colliding with the Earth. A small spacecraft with a solar sail placed in a r…

Large asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

An asteroid the size of an office block will narrowly pass us by on Monday, say astronomers. The massive rock will pass 23 times closer than the dista…

Asteroid trails Earth in weird orbit

A newly discovered asteroid has been found to have been following us for 250,000 years. Known as 2010 SO16 the 400m long asteroid has been trailing us…

NASA to lead global asteroid response

NASA will play a leading role in Earth’s response to possible asteroid threats. Details of NASA role in dealing with an asteroid threat were sent in l…