Space

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

An asteroid 885 feet across and traveling at 27,000 mph will hurtle past Earth later today, with the close - astronomically speaking - fly-by of the space rock named 2000 EM26 reignites NASA warnings into how aware we are of potentially dangerous debris near our planet. Dubbed a Near Earth Object (NEO), 2000 EM26 will pass around 0.018 AU (roughly 1.62m miles) from Earth, with astronomers insisting that the planet is under no threat; streaming video from remote-controlled telescopes will be available to track its flight.

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China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

The public is grieving this week as China's Yuta moon rover appears to have kicked the bucket once and for all. While Space.com confirms that China's moon lander Chang'e 3 is running just fine after a brutal battle with a lunar night cycle, its closest relative Yuta seems to be down for the count.

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Google’s Planetary Ventures picked to lease historic NASA Hangar One

Google’s Planetary Ventures picked to lease historic NASA Hangar One

NASA has picked Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures as its "preferred" company to manage iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield, despite concerns that arguments over Google's fleet of private jets would sour the deal. The lease, if finalized, will see Hangar One refurbished and put to new use; currently, the site is managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, but rocketing maintenance costs had seen it face potential demolition.

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NASA WASP system allows planetary scientists to use balloons as observation platforms

NASA WASP system allows planetary scientists to use balloons as observation platforms

Scientists have long used balloons to carry certain types of telescopes way up into the air to the stratosphere to get a better view of whatever they are trying to look at. The less atmosphere between the telescope and the target planet, the better the image quality and scientific measurements are for scientists. This is one reason why many observatories are positioned at high elevations.

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Erratic exoplanet Kepler-413b has a wobbly orbit

Erratic exoplanet Kepler-413b has a wobbly orbit

Scientist and astronomers are discovering a large number of new planets using the Kepler Space Telescope. One of the latest planets discovered by the space telescope is called Kepler-413b. The planet is rather baffling to scientists because it has a wildly erratic orbit making the planet very wobbly.

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