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Asteroid SHOCK: NASA begins building spacecraft to explore ‘$10,000 QUADRILLION’ asteroid

There are so many valuable metals buried within the asteroid, it could make every single person on Earth a billionaire if it were returned to the planet. US-based space agency NASA has started building the unmanned probe that will fly to the metal-rich asteroid Psyche, launching on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in August 2022.…

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Gaia revolutionises asteroid tracking

Gaia mapping the stars of the Milky Way. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier ESA’s Gaia space observatory is an ambitious mission to construct a three-dimensional map of our galaxy by making high-precision measurements of over one billion stars. However, on its journey to map distant suns, Gaia is revolutionising a field much closer to…

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Asteroid impact, not volcanic activity, killed the dinosaurs, study finds

Home News Science & Astronomy This artist’s visualization shows an Ankylosaurus magniventris, a large armored dinosaur, witnessing an asteroid impact 66 million years ago. (Image credit: Fabio Manucci)An asteroid impact, not volcanic activity, killed the dinosaurs, a new study finds. For decades, scientists have gone back and forth over exactly what caused a mass extinction event…

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‘Asteroid Hunters’ comes to IMAX this fall. See the trailer here (exclusive video)

Home News Entertainment “A single strike could reshape our world, and the only thing that can stop it is science.”So begins the trailer for the new IMAX film “Asteroid Hunters,” which is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 8. As its title suggests, the 38-minute documentary introduces viewers to the scientists and engineers working to…

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New study: The asteroid killed the dinosaurs, but volcanoes made things… better?

We know that a monster asteroid impact killed off the (non-avian) dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Sixty-six million years ago, a 10-kilometer wide space rock slammed into the Earth just off the coast of modern-day Yucatan, blasting a crater 150 kilometers wide and setting off a chain of catastrophic climate events that…

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Asteroid Day, June 30, live from Luxembourg

The 6th annual Asteroid Day will be held as a digital event on June 30, 2020. It’ll feature presentations with experts, panel discussions, and question-and-answer periods. Here’s how to participate. Image via Originally published at, with edits via EarthSky. The Asteroid Foundation returns with Asteroid Day Live Digital from Luxembourg. This year, the…

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International Asteroid Day: A look at NASA’s first planetary defense mission

(CNN)In two years, NASA will demonstrate its asteroid deflection technology on the newly named Dimorphos, a moon orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Didymos. This will be the agency’s first full-scale demonstration of this type of technology on behalf of planetary defense. Dimorphos received its name last week, just in time for a reflection on the importance…

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Asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago DID wipe out the dinosaurs

Asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago DID wipe out the dinosaurs while volcanic eruptions from the Deccan Traps helped life recover, study showsResearchers looked at the Chicxulub asteroid and Deccan Traps volcanic activityThey created mathamatical models and used climate data to compare the twoThis allowed them to prove that an asteroid impact had…

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Yes, an asteroid really did wipe out the dinosaurs, study finds

(CNN)The age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago with the ultimate bad day, not a prolonged period of climate change wrought by volcanic activity, according to new research.The city-size asteroid that slammed into Earth would have plunged the planet into a drastic winter, which would have lasted for years, thereby creating a world…

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Asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs

An individual of Ankylosaurus magniventris, a large armoured dinosaur species, witnesses the impact of an asteroid, falling on the Yucatán peninsula 66 million years ago. Not even its large size and thick armour sheltered its kind from the violence of this cosmic disaster. Credit: Fabio Manucci Modelling of the Chicxulub asteroid impact 66 million years…