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The Japanese probe Hayabusa2 lands on a distant asteroid

It is believed that the Ryugu asteroid contains clues to the origins of life A Japanese probe was sent to collect samples from a 300 million-kilometer-distant asteroid to gain clues about the origin of life, and the solar system successfully landed on Friday, scientists said. Hayabusa2 briefly struck the Ryugu asteroid, shot a bullet into the surface to inflate dust …

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What really killed the dinosaurs: asteroid impact or a series of volcanic eruptions?

In a similar way as in the old chicken-or-the-egg sayings, scientists have been wondering for some decades who came first: devastating asteroid exposure or suffocating volcanic eruptions? A pair of studies published in Science should answer that very question. First let's jump back 30 years. When researchers suggested in the 1980s that the Chixculub impact crater on the Mexican Yucatan …

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Japan lands on an asteroid today and you can see it live!

Japan's space probe Hayabusa2 uses an asteroid called Ryugu to get a sample – and you can follow the action live. The maneuvers will be broadcast live by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which manages the spacecraft today (February 21) at 4:45 EST (2145 GMT). You can watch on Space.com by courtesy of JAXA or by the Agency's agency …

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NASA Asteroid Tracker: 1,500FT Asteroid on Earth at 60,000MPM MOMORROW | Science | news

The asteroid, synced from the NASA Asteroid 1999 VF22, will fire tomorrow on a so-called "Earth Close Approach". NASA's asteroid trackers have restricted the passage until Wednesday afternoon, February 20, in the afternoon. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientists believe asteroid VF22 will approach Earth around 15:00 GMT (UTC). When this happens, the space rock will race through space reaching …

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Asteroid field in football field size for the flyby of the earth

Image file – representation of a large asteroid by artist. (ESA) A giant asteroid will fly past Earth at over 30,000 miles per hour on Tuesday. Near Earth Object 2013 According to NASA, MD8 is between 126 feet and 282 feet long. The space rock will pass Earth at 12:55. EST at a speed of 30,418 mph, it said in …

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Asteroid Tracker: Asteroids large enough to overcome BLOCK OUT STARS pass through TOMORROW | Science | news

Asteroid Jurgenstock will fly past Earth on Tuesday, February 19, briefly erasing the brightest star in the sky. From Earth's point of view, the asteroid seems to roll right in front of the double star system of Sirius A. According to the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA), the star will temporarily disappear from view. The time of so-called occultation is …

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