The Japan AeroSpace Exploration has successfully test-fired the Hayabusa 2's space canon on Earth. It's now ready to create craters on an asteroid next year.
NASA has unveiled a concept animation that shows in stunning detail exactly what the space agency has planned for its future asteroid capturing mission.
A Spanish farmer recently learned that a 220 pound rock he has used for 33 years to press ham, is actually an asteroid worth over $5 million.
On Friday a house-sized asteroid will pass so close to the Earth, that satellites are scurrying to get out of its path.
While most astronomers seem to be understandably worried about the best way to steer asteroids away from Earth, Chinese scientists are instead trying to figure out how they can capture nearby asteroids into Earth orbit. And then mine them.
Hot on the heels of the European Space Agency's announcement that it's going to have a go at deflecting an asteroid, researchers in China are intending to do the same. To the same asteroid, to boot, only with a fancier spacecraft.
The European Space Agency has announced that it will finally — finally! — give the business of asteroid deflection a go. You know, before a really, really big one is careening toward Earth and we're out of time. So, what's the plan?
After a three year, 117 million mile trip out to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered orbit around a 300-mile-wide asteroid named Vesta, snapping the clearest picture ever of what some scientists say might actually be a tiny little protoplanet.
For the first time ever, NASA will launch the OSIRIS-REx, an unmanned robotic spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 to collect "pristine" space rock samples. It's going to be a tough mission because of the weird gravity fields asteroids have, but the samples could provide valuable info on how planets formed.
You think your fancy new digital camera has a lot of megapixels? Well if you plan to hunt in deepest space for asteroids that could be hurtling towards Earth, you're going to need some serious resolution.