asteroid

This undated handout two-picture combo of artist conceptions provided by NASA/JPL Caltech shows what NASA says are good candidates for a mission to capture an asteroid, haul it to the moon for astronauts to visit. One prime candidate swung close by Earth in 2011 so astronomers know its size, about 20 feet, mass and density, but they don’t really know what it looks like. These images are two different artist conceptions of what the lightweight asteroid could look like, either a pile of small rocks flying together in formation, left, or a larger porous rock with pebbles surrounding it, right.  (AP Photo/NASA/JPL Caltech)

Rock that whizzed by Earth may be grabbed by NASA

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: A tiny asteroid that whizzed about […]

06/19/2014

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Asteroid passing Earth will be closer than moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid is headed this way. But even though it will come closer than the moon, astronomers say it will pose no danger. The newly discovered asteroid, called 2014 DX110, […]

03/04/2014

This combination of Sept. 10 and 23, 2013 photos provided by NASA shows six comet-like tails radiating from a body in the asteroid belt, designated P/2013 P5. (AP Photo/NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt - UCLA)

Hubble spots strange asteroid with 6 tails of dust

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one strange asteroid. The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they’ve never seen […]

11/08/2013

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NASA recycles spacecraft to search for asteroids

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – A NASA spacecraft currently in hibernation will be restarted to search for asteroids that astronauts could potentially explore. The space agency said Wednesday it will awaken the Wise spacecraft next month […]

08/22/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Big asteroid swinging by Earth has its own moon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers getting their first close-up glimpse of a giant asteroid about to whiz by Earth found a surprise bonus rock. A smaller moon asteroid is circling the larger space rock, an unusual […]

05/30/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

QE2 asteroid to fly by Earth from safe distance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid more than 1½ miles long will zoom past Earth this week from a far-off distance. The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its closest approach Friday. […]

05/28/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Senator: NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it closer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top senator says President Barack Obama and NASA are planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon. Then astronauts would explore it in 2021.

04/05/2013

Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says.

01/10/2013

An asteroid above the earth. (AP Photo)

Huge asteroid to buzz Earth and you can watch it online

A giant asteroid will make a flyby of Earth over the next few days, and armchair astronomers can watch the action live on their computers. Click here to read more and access the links.

12/11/2012

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