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NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA reveals four best Bennu sites for collecting asteroid sample

NASA plans to take a sample from the asteroid Bennu next year, but it must choose the best spot for the mission before it instructs its spacecraft to descend. In an announcement this week, NASA revealed the final four candidate sites it has selected for this sample mission, each of which has been named and will be studied over the next four months.

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Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Asteroid Bennu’s unique features will be named after mythological birds

Bennu, the asteroid currently being explored by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, will have its various features named after mythological birds and 'bird-like creatures,' according to NASA. The decision was made by the International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature and NASA. A variety of features on the asteroid will be named, including craters, rocks, boulders, trenches, grooves, ridges, and peaks.

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ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

ESA shares grainy video of July’s unexpected asteroid 2019 OK flyby

Late in July, astronomers were caught off guard by the sudden presence of a large asteroid only hours away from zooming past Earth. Called 2019 OK, this asteroid measured around 426ft in diameter and came closer to Earth than the Moon. Experts previously shared a video showing the asteroid's trajectory in relation to our planet, but a new view from the European Space Agency shows the asteroid itself.

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Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

Video shows asteroid 2019 OK zoom past Earth in surprise flyby

The Internet is abuzz with news about a large asteroid that zoomed past Earth on July 25, catching scientists by surprise. Though experts are tracking a large number of near-Earth objects, yesterday's asteroid 2019 OK wasn't one of them. Details about the event are rolling in and joining them is an animation that helps the public visualize just how close the asteroid came to our planet.

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NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA shares stunning asteroid image from record-breaking orbit

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured a stunning high contrast image of the asteroid Bennu during its record-breaking orbit, the space agency has announced. The image was captured on June 13 from an orbit taking place 0.4-miles above the asteroid's surface, making it the closest-ever orbit performed by a spacecraft. The asteroid's rocky, jagged surface is displayed in incredible detail.

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NASA plans fake asteroid impact exercise to see how people respond

NASA plans fake asteroid impact exercise to see how people respond

NASA and FEMA both plan to participate in a 'tabletop exercise' with international partners that will help the agencies form a plan for responding to a real-life emergency asteroid impact threat. The faux emergency will take place at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference next week, where NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) will join FEMA, the ESA, and others.

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Hubble captures rare image of an active asteroid disintegrating

Hubble captures rare image of an active asteroid disintegrating

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a rare image of an active asteroid that is in the process of self-destructing, the ESA and NASA have jointly announced. The image features asteroid (6478) Gault, which was discovered in 1988 and is estimated to have a width of at least 2.5 miles / 4km. Visible in the image are two debris tails, which experts say are signs that the asteroid is disintegrating.

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NASA JPL just canceled hippo-asteroid armageddon

NASA JPL just canceled hippo-asteroid armageddon

This weekend a hippopotamus-shaped asteroid will pass by our planet within observation distance of several major telescopes in the United States. The asteroid is massive - around 1 mile (or 1.6 kilometers) in length with a shape like that of a potato. The folks at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory have described the asteroid as having a shape "similar to that of the exposed portion of a hippopotamus wading in a river."

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NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA OSIRIS-REx arrives at Bennu asteroid, sends back fly-in images

NASA has announced the successful arrival of its Origins, Spectral, Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, better known as "OSIRIS-REx." The spacecraft has traveled more than two billion miles over more than two years, according to the space agency, which has shared an animation showing a full rotation of the Bennu asteroid.

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Skull asteroid returns for another flyby, but it’ll miss Halloween this year

Skull asteroid returns for another flyby, but it’ll miss Halloween this year

The skull-shaped asteroid that first made headlines in 2015 has returned, as foretold, for another flyby. In December 2017, scientists advised the public that asteroid 2015 TB145 will make another pass relatively near Earth in 2018, though it won't happen in time for Halloween. Instead, the giant space skull will zoom by in November.

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Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan found a cube rock in space [WATCH: LIVE FEED]

Japan's space mission Hayabusa2 just got real close to an asteroid whose shape becomes more interesting with each new view. On June 3rd, this spacecraft was 3100km away from this asteroid, and today Japan delivered a photo from just about 40km. The asteroid was code-named Ryugu by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and today we're seeing this die-shaped rock up as close as any human's ever gotten before.

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Small asteroid caused surprise fireball over Africa this weekend

Small asteroid caused surprise fireball over Africa this weekend

Over the weekend, a small asteroid was detected shortly before entering Earth's atmosphere, where it appeared as a giant fireball. The space rock, which scientists have named 2018 LA, was spotted only a few hours before it hit Earth. The fireball was visible in and around Botswana, Africa, a little before 1PM local time.

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