Sequester or not, NASA just got a presidential green light to lasso an asteroid.
If it was bigger or faster than the recent Russian meteorite, an incoming space rock could do much more than shatter windows.
"Duck and cover is not an option" says scientist.
Space mining company Planetary Resources has posted a video that illustrates the asteroid-packed nature of our solar system.
The actual value of mining asteroids is slowly being fully realized by a company called Deep Space Industries (DSI).
The European Space Agency has started to plan a real live test run to see if it can successfully deflect the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid.
Next time you and I have to worry about an asteroid hurtling through space toward our precious Earth, it may be NASA's fault. (Or China's.)
While the rest of the world was content to just let the mountain-sized asteroid 4179 Toutatis zip right past Earth without being molested, China sent a spacecraft out to get a closer look at this potential herald of an extinction-level event.
This is a radar image of asteroid 4179 Toutatis. It's a space rock the size of a mountain, nearly three miles across at its widest point, with an estimated mass of well over five million tons. And it's headed straight for Earth. Well, nearly.
It's one of those nagging problems science has yet to solve: how do we save Earth if one of our asteroid neighbors starts heading our way? We've noodled everything from tractor beam, lasers, and even nuking them Armageddon style. A new proposal joining the chorus suggests hitting asteroids with white paintballs could do the trick — first by steering them off course with the force of impact, then by using the force of reflected sunlight bouncing off the paint to slowly move the offender out of the way.