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Asteroids

ESA and NASA Planning “Armageddon” Asteroid Test

ESA and NASA Planning “Armageddon” Asteroid Test
It’s a common doomsday scenario – a rogue asteroid finds itself on a collision course with Earth, posing the risk of a catastrophic impact with our big blue marble. One of the solutions prescribed by science fiction…

Potentially Hazardous Asteroids: A Graphical View

Potentially Hazardous Asteroids: A Graphical View
Designer Jonathan Hull created this lovely view of a potentially disastrous data set: all asteroids that have approached or will approach close to Earth from 2000-2020.
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How Asteroids Can Save Mankind

How Asteroids Can Save Mankind
This infographic comes from our friends at NeoMam Studios describes the potential of asteroids to be a viable source to replace minerals that are being depleted on Earth.

NASA Releases Asteroid Redirect Mission Animation

NASA Releases Asteroid Redirect Mission Animation
NASA has a controversial plan to capture an asteroid, place it in lunar orbit, then send astronauts to study the rock and retrieve samples, as seen in this NASA video.

Orbits of 1,400+ Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

Orbits of 1,400+ Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
NASA released this amazing graphic showing the orbital paths of more than 1,400 "potentially hazardous asteroids." None are considered a threat in the next century.

Bill Nye Tells Us How to Stop an Asteroid

Bill Nye Tells Us How to Stop an Asteroid
Bill Nye looks at methods we could use to detect and deflect a giant asteroid if one were headed on a collision course with Earth. Laser bees?

NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid

NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid
NASA is hoping to capture a slow-moving asteroid about 25' in diameter and place it in orbit around the moon, after which it can be studied and chunks brought to Earth.

Giant Asteroid Approaching Earth on May 31

Giant Asteroid Approaching Earth on May 31
An asteroid equal in size to about nine Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liners will pass within 3.6 million miles of Earth on May 31.

Animated Visualization of All Asteroids from 1980 – 2011

Animated Visualization of All Asteroids from 1980 – 2011
This animated graphic is a depiction of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980 through 2011.

Fascinating Past and Future Plans for Asteroid Mining

Fascinating Past and Future Plans for Asteroid Mining
At least two companies are working towards viable solutions to mining asteroids for precious metals. The history of such plans is even more fascinating.

Earth’s Close Encounters with Asteroids

Earth’s Close Encounters with Asteroids
How close are we to needing Bruce Willis to land on an asteroid and save Earth? These 199 asteroids passed Earth closer than the Moon.
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