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New Dwarf Planet in the Solar System Revealed by ESO Telescope

October 29, 2019

As an object in the main asteroid belt, Hygiea satisfies right away three of the four requirements to…
NASA’s Lucy Mission Clears Critical Milestone

October 22, 2019

NASA’s Lucy mission successfully completed its Critical Design Review on Oct. 18. During this review, Lucy team members…
99942 Apophis. Image credit: NASA
Scientists Planning Now for Asteroid Flyby a Decade Away

April 30, 2019

On April 13, 2029, a speck of light will streak across the sky getting brighter and faster. At…
NEOWISE Celebrates Five Years of Asteroid Data

April 16, 2019

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission released its fifth year of survey data on April…
10 Things You Should Know About Planetary Defense

April 12, 2019

Planetary Defense is relatively a very young field of engineering sciences. Here are answers to 10 interesting questions…
NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

March 20, 2019

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023…
Ultima Thule in 3D

March 8, 2019

Cross your eyes and break out the 3D glasses! NASA’s New Horizons team has created new stereo views…
Steam-Powered Spacecraft Could Explore the Asteroid Belt Forever, Refueling Itself in Space

January 21, 2019

The era of renewed space exploration has led to some rather ambitious proposals. While many have been on…
Lucy Finds Its Place in the Solar System: Navigating NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids

December 25, 2018

In science fiction, explorers can hop in futuristic spaceships and traverse half the galaxy in the blink of…
NASA’s Lucy in the Sky with … Asteroids?

November 24, 2018

A little over 4 billion years ago, the planets in our solar system coexisted with vast numbers of…
Aboard the First Spacecraft to the Trojan Asteroids: NASA Ralph’s Next Adventure

November 8, 2018

Ralph, one of NASA’s most well-traveled space explorers, has voyaged far and accomplished much: on the New Horizons…
This artist's rendering shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft maneuvering above Ceres with its ion propulsion system. Image credit: NASA/JPL
NASA’s Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

November 1, 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system’s…
Legacy of NASA’s Dawn, Near the End of its Mission

September 8, 2018

NASA’s Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science,…
Twenty Years of Planetary Defense

July 24, 2018

NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies Enters Third Decade. On March 11, 1998, asteroid astronomers around the world…
Asteroid-Comet Is New Type of Object in the Solar System

September 26, 2017

With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual…
Unexpected Changes of Bright Spots on Ceres Discovered

March 17, 2016

Ceres is the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the only such object…
What smacks into Ceres stays on Ceres

October 15, 2015

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt and closest dwarf planet to Earth, had been remarkable for…
A Mission to a Metal World: The Psyche Mission

October 9, 2015

In their drive to set exploration goals for the future, NASA’s Discovery Program put out the call for…
Moon’s crust as fractured as can be

September 15, 2015

Study finds barrage of small asteroids shattered moon’s upper crust. Scientists believe that about 4 billion years ago,…
What is the Asteroid Belt?

August 24, 2015

In the 18th century, observations made of all the known planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn)…
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