NASA’s DART: A Game of Stones in Space. Watch Live on Space Channel!

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) attempts humanity’s first-ever test of planetary defense! The DART spacecraft will intentionally crash into asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, September 26, 2022, to see if kinetic force can change its orbit. Why? If this test is successful, the same technique could be used to deflect an […]

Hera Asteroid Mission’s First Step

Hera asteroid mission’s first step

A key element of ESA’s Hera mission for planetary defence has left the facilities of its manufacturer OHB in Bremen – a major step in preparation for its eventual odyssey to the Didymos asteroid system. The mission’s Propulsion Module flight model, seen here, has been delivered to Avio, southeast of Rome, where propellant tanks, thrusters and associated pipes and valves […]

NASA System Predicts Impact of Small Asteroid

NASA Predicts Impact of Small Asteroid This animation shows asteroid 2022 EB5’s predicted orbit around the Sun before impacting into the Earth’s atmosphere on March 11, 2022. The asteroid – estimated to be about 6 ½ feet (2 meters) wide – was discovered only two hours before impact.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Asteroid 2022 EB5 was too small to pose a hazard […]

Meet the Backbone of the Hera asteroid mission

Backbone of Hera asteroid mission

Adapted from ESA Agency page. In a Swiss cleanroom, this historic object has been taking shape. Made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer, this is the central core of ESA’s Hera asteroid mission for planetary defense. NASA’s DART spacecraft is currently on its way to the Didymos asteroid pair in deep space, to test the kinetic […]

UAE to Send Probe on 5-Year Journey to Land On, Study Asteroid

UAE to Send Probe on 5-Year Journey to Land On, Study Asteroid

The United Arab Emirates plans to send a probe on a five-year journey to land on and collect data from an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, the Associated Press reported. The UAE announced the ambitious mission Tuesday, the newest goal in the Middle Eastern country’s space program.