NASA on Sept. 8 launched the first U.S. mission to collect and return an asteroid sample, in hopes of learning more about how the solar system coalesced and life came to be.
NASA just successfully launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on an Atlas V rocket. Now, the vehicle is on its way to scoop up pieces of an asteroid and bring them back to Earth, a journey that will take seven years to complete. But if successful, those asteroid pieces could tell researchers a lot about the early Solar System and how life got started on our own planet. Read the rest of this entry »
If you love stories about inspiring Americans, then wait till you hear about this guy.
His name is Evan Lowell, and he’s a 43-year-old marketing consultant from Pasadena, CA. You wouldn’t know it from looking at him, but Evan is a hero. And he’s doing his part to help the world in a really special way: Whenever Evan hears about a terrorist attack happening somewhere, he shakes his head.
Any time Evan hears about a bombing in Kabul or a shooting in Jerusalem, he immediately stops whatever he’s doing and solemnly shakes his head from side to side while letting out a brief, mournful sigh. Depending on the severity of the attack, he sometimes even says “Goddammit” or “Not again.” A humble hero determined…(read more)
Large blast heard just before midnight followed by burning smell.
“We thought it was a bomb because we felt an expansive wave.”
— Jorge Santamaria
“All the evidence that we’ve confirmed at the site corresponds exactly with a meteorite and not with any other type of event.”
— Ineter scientist Jose Millan
Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which left a crater 12m (40ft) wide and 5m deep. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said the meteorite seemed to have broken off an asteroid which was passing close to Earth. She said international experts had been called in to investigate further.
No-one was hurt when it hit the wooded area near the international airport and an air force base.
‘Like a bomb’
An adviser to Nicaragua’s Institute of Earth Studies (Ineter), Wilfried Strauch, said he was “convinced it was a meteorite” which caused the impact. Read the rest of this entry »
A small asteroid about the size of a mobile home zipped by Earth at a range closer than the moon early Saturday (May 3), but posed no threat to our planet.
The newly discovered asteroid 2014 HL129 came within 186,000 miles (299,338 kilometers) of Earth when it made its closest approach on Saturday morning, which is close enough to pass between the planet and the orbit of the moon. The average distance between the Earth and moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).
You can watch a video animation of asteroid 2014 HL129’s orbit around the sun on Space.com. The asteroid is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide, according to NASA’s Asteroid Watch project based at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It made its closest approach to Earth at 4:13 a.m. EDT (0813 GMT). Read the rest of this entry »
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The meteor that injured more than 1,500 people when it exploded and showered debris over Russia in February may have had a close shave with the Sun earlier, researchers said.
A study of its composition showed the space rock had undergone “intensive melting” before entering Earth’s atmosphere and streaking over the central Russia’s Chelyabinsk region in a blinding fireball, they said in a statement.