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An asteroid the size of the Eiffel tower will whiz past the Earth next month

An asteroid the size of the Eiffel tower will whiz past the Earth next month

An asteroid will fly past the earth next week that is believed to be taller than the Eiffel Tower. NASA has dubbed the asteroid as potentially hazardous, but it is expected to pass by the earth safely. Asteroids are investigated by examining their size and distance from the Earth to determine if they pose a potential hazard.

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OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spent nearly half a decade in space and has finally departed asteroid Bennu and is on its way back to Earth. NASA has announced that on Monday, May 10 at 4:23 PM EDT the spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes. The firing of its main engines represents the most significant maneuver for the spacecraft since it arrived at Bennu in 2018.

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The results of the 2021 asteroid impact simulation highlight threats posed by asteroids

The results of the 2021 asteroid impact simulation highlight threats posed by asteroids

Recently scientists participated in an international exercise meant to simulate the effects of an asteroid striking the earth. The exercise simulated that a 460-foot-wide asteroid that would impact Central Europe. The specific region was a 185-mile-wide zone bordering Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

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China may build an asteroid defense system

China may build an asteroid defense system

China has announced that it intends to have discussions on building a defense system to help protect the planet against near-Earth asteroids. Word of the talks comes as China has promised to increase its ambitions for longer-term missions in space. China has been focusing on space missions in recent years and not long ago said that it would work with Russia to build a space station and possibly a lunar base.

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NASA shares final photo taken by OSIRIS-REx of asteroid Bennu

NASA shares final photo taken by OSIRIS-REx of asteroid Bennu

Not long ago, NASA had its spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx make one final flyby of asteroid Bennu before departing for the long trip back to Earth. One reason for the flyby was so that the spacecraft can capture an image showing the aftermath of its encounter with the asteroid. On that final flyby, OSIRIS-REx flew within 2.3 miles of the asteroid, which is the closest it has been to Bennu since the sample collection event last October.

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Asteroid 2021 GT3 will pass between the Earth and moon on April 10

Asteroid 2021 GT3 will pass between the Earth and moon on April 10

An asteroid will make a close pass by the Earth on April 10. The asteroid is called 2021 GT3, and it's a small asteroid measuring about 19 meters across. It will pass between the earth and the moon at a distance of approximately 255,886 kilometers.

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NASA’s last Bennu flyby will check damage caused by touchdown mission

NASA’s last Bennu flyby will check damage caused by touchdown mission

In late October 2020, NASA performed its touchdown sample collection mission on the asteroid Bennu, a process that involved sinking a sampling head 1.6ft into the surface and then firing pressurized nitrogen gas. The impact combined with the asteroid's weak gravity caused what NASA calls a 'dramatic effect' on the sampling site, and now the space agency is getting a closer look at the damage.

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The dinosaur-killing asteroid created modern rain forests

The dinosaur-killing asteroid created modern rain forests

About 66 million years ago, the earth was covered with giant dinosaurs. A massive asteroid impacted the planet in the area that is now the Yucatán Peninsula. The massive impact resulted in the extinction of most species on the planet and left the planet shrouded in darkness from dust and debris in the atmosphere. A new study has shed light on the origins of modern rain forests and could help scientists understand how rain forests might respond to changing climates in the future.

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Evidence of 430,000-year-old asteroid impact discovered in Antarctica

Evidence of 430,000-year-old asteroid impact discovered in Antarctica

An international team of researchers led by scientists from the University of Kent and Imperial College London have discovered extraterrestrial particles in Antarctica pointing to a medium-sized asteroid impact on the continent. Researchers believe the impact occurred about 430,000 years ago, and the particles were discovered on the summit of Walnumfjellet Mountain in Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica.

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Final assembly of the spacecraft that will explore asteroid Psyche is underway

Final assembly of the spacecraft that will explore asteroid Psyche is underway

NASA has a spacecraft set to launch next year known as the Psyche spacecraft that will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that a major component of the Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The spacecraft is currently in the phase known as assembly, test, and launch.

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NASA says Earth is safe from asteroid Apophis for at least the next century

NASA says Earth is safe from asteroid Apophis for at least the next century

One of the largest asteroids that NASA is tracking has an orbit bringing it close to the earth is officially called asteroid 99942. The asteroid is also known as Apophis, the Egyptian god of chaos and darkness. NASA has recently announced that it has determined the asteroid doesn't pose a threat of hitting the Earth for at least the next 100 years.

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Asteroid 2001FO32 is the largest asteroid to flyby the Earth in 2021

Asteroid 2001FO32 is the largest asteroid to flyby the Earth in 2021

Astronomers worldwide will be studying the heavens this weekend as the largest asteroid to fly by Earth during 2021 will make its closest pass on Sunday. Astronomers are eager to get a look at the asteroid as it's a remnant from the birth of our solar system. The asteroid, known as 2001FO32, is big and fast, and while in astronomical terms it comes quite close to the Earth, it is still going to pass us at a vast distance.

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