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A Little Box Like This Should Tell Us What Life Is Like On The Asteroid Didymoon

You’re looking at a half-scale model of the European Space Agency’s appropriately adorable-sounding Mascot-2 asteroid lander. Come 2022, a device like this will give us an unprecedented glimpse into what it’s like on an asteroid.

The Many Times Humans Have Almost Been Killed By Meteorites

On Saturday, a luckless bus driver died in a mysterious explosion in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His death took on added significance when local officials declared that the man was killed by a meteorite.

An Asteroid Will Pass Earth So Closely Next Month That We'll See It In The Sky

Let’s be very clear here: There is simply no possibility that Asteroid 2013 TX68 will get close enough to hit Earth when it flies by on March 5. What it may do, though, is come close enough to be visible.

American Asteroid Mining Is Now Fully Legal

No one has managed to pluck valuable minerals from an asteroid quite yet, but when they do, the legal framework will be firmly in place: earlier today, President Obama signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law.

These Are The Five Projects On The Shortlist For NASA's Next Planetary Mission

The NASA Discovery Program is sorting through suggestions for the agency’s next spaceflight investigation. Today, NASA released a shortlist of just five missions — one or two of which should launch by 2021.

Now You Can Fly Around Asteroid Vesta And Explore Every Crevice 

NASA launched Dawn spacecraft in 2007 to study two of the three known protoplanets of the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. And now here is an amazing interactive tool, very similar to Google Earth, called Vesta Trek, which let you explore Vesta — one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System — on your own.

Slow-Mo Video Reveals Raindrops On Sand Behave Like Asteroid Impacts

There’s little more atmospheric than striding out across a beech in the driving rain — but what’s happening as those rain drops smash into the sand beneath your feet?

Orion Is A Triumph. Let's Not Waste It.

NASA’s spacecraft Orion just survived its very first test flight. The shiny, new space capsule will one day carry a human crew to Mars or to an asteroid — wait, which is it? Amidst the hype, there’s still an unforgivable confusion about what comes next.

Watch Japan's Explosive Asteroid-Sampling Mission Take Off

While the rest of the world has been busy shedding a bitter tear over the early demise of Europe’s comet-sampling probe, the Japan Space Agency has been busy launching another mission to sample distant celestial bodies.

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