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Organic material required to support life found on an asteroid’s surface

Organic material required to support life found on an asteroid’s surface

Researchers have been scouring the universe or signs of organic material that might support life on other planets and objects. New research from Royal Holloway University of London has been published that found water and organic matter on the surface of an asteroid sample returned from the inner solar system. The discovery marks the first time organic materials have been found on an asteroid.

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UT researchers definitively link asteroid impact with the demise of the dinosaurs

UT researchers definitively link asteroid impact with the demise of the dinosaurs

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin say they believe they have definitively closed the case of what killed off the dinosaurs. The team definitively linked the extinction of the dinosaurs to an asteroid that impacted the earth 66 million years ago. The link came when the team found a key piece of evidence in the form of asteroid dust inside the Chicxulub Crater in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.

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Harvard researchers have a new theory on what killed the dinosaurs

Harvard researchers have a new theory on what killed the dinosaurs

Scientists know that about 66 million years ago, a major event happened on earth that resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Chicxulub impactor, as the impact is known, left behind a massive crater off the coast of Mexico 93 miles wide and 12 miles deep. While scientists know this is the impact that made many species on Earth at the time go extinct, there is debate about exactly what the Chicxulub impactor was and where it came from.

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Massive Apophis asteroid will flyby the earth next month

Massive Apophis asteroid will flyby the earth next month

There are several disaster movies out there that show what it might be like if a giant asteroid or comet impacted the earth. Asteroids have hit the earth in the distant past, and one such impact is credited with wiping the vast majority of dinosaurs off the planet. One of the most concerning asteroids that passes through our solar system is known as Apophis.

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NASA Psyche mission reaches key milestone

NASA Psyche mission reaches key milestone

NASA has announced that its Psyche spacecraft has reached a key mission milestone. Currently, the spacecraft is a year and a half from launch on a mission that will have it explore a metal-rich asteroid. NASA says that staff will soon begin assembling and testing the spacecraft.

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Evidence of water movement found in meteorites that recently hit the earth

Evidence of water movement found in meteorites that recently hit the earth

A team of international researchers has discovered evidence of recent water movement in meteorites that recently impacted the earth. The researchers looked at carbonaceous chondrite (CC) meteorites that impacted the surface of the planet within the past 100 years. The discovery of evidence of recent water movement is significant because many scientists believe water present on the Earth came from meteorites.

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NASA Lucy mission integrates its second scientific instrument

NASA Lucy mission integrates its second scientific instrument

The first NASA mission to the Trojan asteroids is called Lucy. The spacecraft is closer to launch after the Lucy team integrated its second scientific instrument called L'TES, or Lucy Thermal Emission Spectrometer. When complete, the spacecraft will have three scientific instruments, and Lucy project manager Donya Douglas-Bradshaw says having two of the three instruments integrated is an exciting milestone.

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Harvard professor believes bizarre asteroid from 2017 was alien technology

Harvard professor believes bizarre asteroid from 2017 was alien technology

A Harvard professor named Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, believes the first sign we will get of an alien intelligence won't be spacecraft. Rather he thinks the first sign we will get of extraterrestrial life will be the civilization's trash. Loeb has a book being published on January 26 that lays out a case for why a bizarre asteroid that entered our solar system in 2017 was a piece of alien technology.

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Unique meteorite hints at parent asteroid lurking in our solar system

Unique meteorite hints at parent asteroid lurking in our solar system

Researchers have been conducting a study on a mysterious meteorite that exploded over Sudan in 2008. The meteor was estimated by NASA to weigh about nine tons and to be nearly 13-foot in diameter when it was spotted before impact. After the meteorite entered the atmosphere and impacted the planet's surface, researchers went to the Sudanese desert to collect its remains for study. One of those fragments suggests that the meteor likely broke off from a massive asteroid approximately the size of the dwarf planet Ceres.

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Scientists discover a superhighway network to travel the solar system

Scientists discover a superhighway network to travel the solar system

Researchers have discovered what they describe as a new superhighway network to travel the solar system much faster than previously thought possible. Scientists say that these routes can push comets and asteroids close to the distance between Jupiter and Neptune in under a decade. The speedy paths can also move comets and asteroids 100 astronomical units in less than a century.

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JAXA’s Hayabusa2 successfully delivers Ryugu asteroid dust to Earth

JAXA’s Hayabusa2 successfully delivers Ryugu asteroid dust to Earth

Over the weekend, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully delivered asteroid dust to Earth, a milestone mission that will help scientists explore the origins of the 'ancient grains,' according to NASA. JAXA's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu in 2019 and collected dust samples later that year.

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JAXA’s Hayabusa2 will return its samples to Earth today

JAXA’s Hayabusa2 will return its samples to Earth today

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been working on its Hayabusa2 mission for a long time. Late last month, we mentioned that the spacecraft was nearing home and preparing to drop off its samples from on and under the surface of an asteroid called Ryugu. Today is the day samples will be returned.

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