Take The Lazy River To The Asteroid Juno

When the word Juno shows up on this blog it’s usually in reference to the NASA spacecraft that swings around Jupiter every 53 days to take mind-blowing photos of the planet’s polar regions. Not this time. This time we’re going to find the asteroid 3 Juno which just happens to be making a close approach…
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What’s Going On With ‘Oumuamua — Alien Technology Now?

First it was an asteroid, then a comet and now a group of Harvard researchers suggest the enigmatic ‘Oumuaua could be an alien-built light sail. The half-mile-long flying whatever-it-is was discovered on October 2017 with the Panstarrs-1 telescope on Mt. Haleakala in Maui. Like similar discoveries, the object was too small to appear any larger…
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This Is What It’s Like To Stand On An Asteroid

At this point you’re probably thinking I’m nuts about asteroids. I am. When was the last time we had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stand on one? Like never! That’s why I’m hopping happy about the latest images from the Japanese Hayabusa-2 mission to the half-mile-wide asteroid Ryugu. Big things come in…
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In Search Of ‘Oumuamua’s Home

Ever since astronomers realized that ‘Oumuamua wasn’t a member of our solar system but instead a far-flung visiting asteroid or comet, they’ve been trying to figure out from whence it came. We knew the object wasn’t from here because it was moving so fast it would soon escape the solar system. Now, using data from the…
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Hopping Robots Free Fall To The Surface Of Asteroid Ryugu

It’s happening right now. Two little robots bristling with sensors and cameras departed the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 at 11:06 p.m. yesterday and have begun their free-fall descent to the surface of Ryugu, a barren, rocky asteroid 0.6 miles (1 km) across some 200 million miles (322 million km) from Earth. Named MINERVA II-1A and MINERVA…
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