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Orbital plot showing the orbit of asteroid 2007 VK184

Asteroid 2007 VK184 Eliminated as Impact Risk to Earth


Recent observations have removed from NASA's asteroid impact hazard list the near-Earth object (NEO) known to pose the most significant risk of Earth impact over the next 100 years.


Read more (April 03, 2014)

 

The flight team for NASA's Dawn mission received the 2014 Trophy

Dawn Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy


Dawn receives prestigious National Air and Space Museum Trophy.


Read more (March 28, 2014)

 

Rosetta's Target

Rosetta Sets Sights on Destination Comet


The Rosetta spacecraft caught its first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on Jan. 20, 2014.


Read more (March 27, 2014)

 

NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge is to find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them.

Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series


NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids.


Read more (March 10, 2014)

 

Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014

Small Asteroid Will Pass Earth Safely on Thursday


An asteroid about 25 feet (8 meters) across will safely pass Earth at about 1:21 p.m. PST (4:21 p.m. EST) today, March 6, approaching us six times closer than the moon.


Read more (March 06, 2014)

 

Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014

Asteroid Will Safely Pass Closer Than Moon Wednesday


As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon.


Read more (March 04, 2014)

 

An infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)

NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet


NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft has spotted its first new comet since coming out of hibernation late last year.


Read more (February 28, 2014)

 

Microtunnels in Yamato Meteorite From Mars

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars


Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars.


Read more (February 27, 2014)

 

Asteroid 2006 DP14 in Radar Image

Radar Images of near-Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14


Radar images of peanut-shaped asteroid reveal it is no peanut-sized space rock.


Read more (February 25, 2014)

 

Concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid

Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets


NASA is pursuing new partnerships and collaborations to accelerate existing work to find near-Earth asteroids and know what to do about them.


Read more (February 14, 2014)

 

Rosetta at Comet

NASA Instruments on European Comet Spacecraft Begin Countdown


Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft to a comet.


Read more (January 24, 2014)

 

Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars

NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation


In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets.


Read more (January 23, 2014)

 

Artist's concept of Ceres

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet


Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.


Read more (January 22, 2014)

 

An artist's view of Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributions.

Rosetta: To Chase a Comet


European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft carries three NASA instruments.


Read more (January 17, 2014)

 

NEOWISE's New Find

Recently Reactivated NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid


A NASA spacecraft revived from hibernation last year has made the first asteroid discovery of its new mission.


Read more (January 07, 2014)

 

animated GIF of asteroid AA 2014

First 2014 Asteroid Discovered: Update


Scientists have updated information about 2014 AA, the first asteroid discovered this year.


Read more (January 02, 2014)

 

NEOWISE's Next Light

NASA's Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Returns First Images after Reactivation


NASA's NEOWISE asteroid hunter, which made the most comprehensive asteroid and comet survey to date, has returned its first test images in preparation for a renewed mission.


Read more (December 19, 2013)

 

An artist's concept of a solar-system montage featuring the eight planets, a comet and an asteroid.

NASA Highlights Mars, Earth and Other Science at AGU Event


NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on Earth and space science topics at the next week's American Geophysical Union meeting.


Read more (December 06, 2013)

 

On the Way to Ceres

NASA's Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card


What's the schedule for Dawn's visit to the largest object in the main asteroid belt?


Read more (December 03, 2013)

 

Comet ISON appeared in the higher-resolution HI-1 camera on NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft.

Three Questions About Comet ISON


Comet ISON will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13), skimming just 730,000 miles above its surface.


Read more (November 25, 2013)

 

The orbits of 2013 UQ4, 2013 US10 and 2013 UP8 are shown as viewed from within the plane of the solar system

Update on Near-Earth Objects


Latest updates on three Near-Earth Objects


Read more (November 18, 2013)

 

Diagram showing orbit of asteroid 2013 TV135

Asteroid 2013 TV135 - A Reality Check


The probability asteroid 2013 TV135 could impact Earth is only one in 63,000. Additional observations are likely to result in a dramatic reduction, or complete elimination, of any risk of Earth impact.


Read more (October 17, 2013)

 

Full View of Vesta

Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids


Scientists can now compare features first seen at a distance through a telescope to those seen up-close by an orbiting spacecraft.


Read more (September 27, 2013)

 

Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

NASA's Deep Space Comet Hunter Mission Comes to an End


After almost 9 years in space that included the return of about 500,000 images, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended.


Read more (September 20, 2013)

 

First Contact

NASA's Deep Impact Produced Deep Results


Launched on a clear winter day in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft spanned 268 million miles (431 million kilometers) of deep space in 172 days, then reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.


Read more (September 20, 2013)

 

Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Team Attempts to Restore Communications


Ground controllers have been unable to communicate with NASA's long-lived Deep Impact spacecraft.


Read more (September 10, 2013)

 

Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

Comet Found Hiding in Plain Sight


NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered secrets of the "asteroid" called Don Quixote, revealing its true comet nature.


Read more (September 10, 2013)

 

Back to Hunt More Asteroids

NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids


The Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) mission is expected to re-start in early September to perform three more years of asteroid science.


Read more (August 21, 2013)

 

Radar images of asteroid 2005 WK4 were obtained on Aug. 8, 2013.

Radar Images of Asteroid 2005 WK4


A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.


Read more (August 15, 2013)

 

NEOWISE Eyes the Enigmatic Centaurs

NASA's WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets


The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics.


Read more (July 25, 2013)

 

NASA's Don Yeomans Receives Sagan Medal

Asteroid Expert Receives Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication


The manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL, Donald K. Yeomans, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society.


Read more (July 12, 2013)

 

Asteroid 2013 MZ5 as seen by the University of Hawaii's PanSTARR-1 telescope.

Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Unearthed in Space


The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was detected on June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope.


Read more (June 24, 2013)

 

This illustration shows the path of Asteroid 2013 LR6

Small Asteroid Between Earth and Moon


Small asteroid 2013 LR6 will safely fly past this evening at a distance of about 65,000 miles (105,000 kilometers) above Earth's surface.


Read more (June 07, 2013)

 

This image of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on June 1, 2013

Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon


Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon.


Read more (June 06, 2013)

 

First radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 were obtained when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles

NASA Radar Reveals Asteroid Has Its Own Moon


A sequence of radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on the evening of May 29, 2013, by NASA scientists using a Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.


Read more (May 30, 2013)

 

The orbit of asteroid 1998 QE2. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Hosts News and Social Media Events Around this Week's Asteroid Pass


NASA invites people to participate in online and televised events May 30 to 31 about the agency's asteroid initiative and the Earth flyby of asteroid 1998 QE2.


Read more (May 29, 2013)

 

NASA Administrator Visits JPL, Discusses Asteroid Initiative

NASA Administrator Visits JPL, Talks Asteroids


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with members of the asteroid initiative team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.


Read more (May 23, 2013)

 

The orbit of asteroid 1998 QE2.

Asteroid 1998 QE2 to Sail Past Earth Nine Times Larger Than Cruise Ship


Asteroid 1998 QE2 will get no closer than about 3.6 million miles at time of closest approach on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern).


Read more (May 15, 2013)

 

On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at JPL

Three From JPL on Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List


On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth.


Read more (April 18, 2013)

 

Tempel Alive with Light

How to Target an Asteroid


The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid.


Read more (April 16, 2013)

 

NEOCam Sensor

NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test


An infrared sensor that could improve NASA's future detecting and tracking of asteroids and comets has passed a critical design test.


Read more (April 15, 2013)

 

This computer graphic depicts the orbit of comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring) through the inner solar system.

Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014


New observations of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) have allowed NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. to further refine the comet's orbit.


Read more (April 12, 2013)

 

NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid

NASA Associate Administrator on Asteroid Initiative


The following are statements from the associate administrators of three NASA directorates.


Read more (April 10, 2013)

 

A Shared Bombardment History

NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History


NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon has more in common than previously thought with large asteroids roaming our solar system.


Read more (March 25, 2013)

 

Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

Goldstone Radar Snags Images of Asteroid 2013 ET


Scientists capture radar images of asteroid 2013 ET.


Read more (March 18, 2013)

 

For those in search of comet L4 PANSTARRS, look to the west after sunset in early and mid-March.

Comet PANSTARRS Rises to the Occasion Mid-March


A beautiful comet with a bulky name is making an appearance this month for lucky sky-watchers in some parts of the world.


Read more (March 07, 2013)

 

Radar image of asteroid 2012 DA14

NASA Releases Radar Movie of Asteroid 2012 DA14


An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASA's 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.


Read more (February 19, 2013)

 

NASA Experts Discuss Russia Meteor in Media Teleconference Today


NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) today to discuss a meteor that streaked through the skies over Russia's Urals region this morning.


Read more (February 15, 2013)

 

A meteor seen flying over Russia on Feb. 15 at 3:20: 26 UTC impacted Chelyabinsk.

Additional Details on the Large Feb. 15 Fireball over Russia


New data fill in some gaps in the story of a fireball that entered Earth's atmosphere near Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15.


Read more (February 15, 2013)

 

This animated set of three images depicts asteroid 2012 DA14 as it was seen on Feb. 14, 2013

Near-Earth Asteroid Makes Preview Appearance


Asteroid 2012 DA14, set to make its closest approach to Earth on Feb. 15, is captured in early images from Australia.


Read more (February 14, 2013)

 

Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

NASA to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid


NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14.


Read more (February 13, 2013)

 

Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

NASA to Host Feb. 7 Media Telecon on Asteroid Flyby


NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST), on Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15.


Read more (February 04, 2013)

 

Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

Small Asteroid to Whiz Past Earth Safely


A small asteroid named 2012 DA14 will safely fly past Earth's outer ring of satellites on February 15.


Read more (February 01, 2013)

 

Asteroid Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004.

NASA Rules Out Earth Impact in 2036 for Asteroid Apophis


NASA scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory effectively have ruled out the possibility the asteroid Aphophis will impact Earth in 2036.


Read more (January 10, 2013)

 

Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis

Herschel Spacecraft Eyes Asteroid Apophis


Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this past weekend.


Read more (January 09, 2013)

 

Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

NASA, ESA Telescopes Find Evidence for Asteroid Belt Around Vega


Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies.


Read more (January 08, 2013)

 

This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta.

Picture This: Vesta's Dark Materials in Dawn's View


A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (January 03, 2013)

 

Radar imagery of asteroid Toutatis taken by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012.

Asteroid Toutatis Slowly Tumbles by Earth


Scientists have generated a series of radar data images of a three-mile-long (4.8-kilometer) asteroid that made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, 2012.


Read more (December 14, 2012)

 

Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater

What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?


Something is forming intriguing gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission are trying to figure out what could be creating these features.


Read more (December 06, 2012)

 

Nine Views of Asteroid PA8

Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8


Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar.


Read more (November 26, 2012)

 

This composite image of asteroid 2007 PA8 was obtained using data taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone

NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8


Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have obtained several radar images depicting near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8.


Read more (November 05, 2012)

 

Comet 168P-Hergenrother was imaged by the NOAO/Gemini telescope on Nov. 2, 2011 at about 6 a.m. UTC.

Scientists Monitor Comet Breakup


Comet 168P/Hergenrother is breaking up, right before our very eyes.


Read more (November 02, 2012)

 

Canuleia, Up Close

Dawn Sees 'Young' Surface on Giant Asteroid


Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face.


Read more (October 31, 2012)

 

Trojan Colors Revealed (Artist's Concept)

NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids


Observations from NASA's WISE all-sky survey reveal new clues about Jovian Trojans, mysterious asteroids that orbit in front of and behind Jupiter in its path around the sun.


Read more (October 15, 2012)

 

Ready for Battle... Mountain

How to Hunt a Space Rock


A team of scientists from JPL needed some space. When a large fireball turned night into day over Battle Mountain, Nev. they knew they had their chance.


Read more (October 12, 2012)

 

This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft

Giant Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet


Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest troughs sculpted around Vesta's middle are likely dropped blocks of terrain bounded by faults.


Read more (September 26, 2012)

 

Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta

Dawn: Vesta Got Special Delivery of Hydrated Minerals


Observations by NASA's Dawn mission suggest that hydrated minerals were delivered to Vesta in a radically different way than how they were deposited on the moon.


Read more (September 26, 2012)

 

Most Spectacularly Preserved Pitted Terrain on Vesta

Dawn Sees Hydrated Minerals on Giant Asteroid


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed that the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar.


Read more (September 20, 2012)

 

A Last Look Back at Vesta

Dawn has Departed the Giant Asteroid Vesta


Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (September 05, 2012)

 

Artist's concept of Dawn and Vesta

NASA's Dawn Prepares for Trek Toward Dwarf Planet


NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations, to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system.


Read more (August 30, 2012)

 

Orbit and current location of asteroid 2011 AG5

NASA Releases Workshop Data and Findings on Asteroid 2011 AG5


Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040.


Read more (June 15, 2012)

 

These infrared and visible light images have been combined and represented in colors that highlight the nature of the minerals on Vesta's surface

Dawn Mission Video Shows Vesta's Coat of Many Colors


A new video from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (June 06, 2012)

 

1999 RQ36 Shape Model

NASA Scientist Figures Way to Weigh Space Rock


A scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has accurately determined the mass of a nearby asteroid from millions of miles away.


Read more (May 24, 2012)

 

Simulated, edge-on view of our solar system

NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids


Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar system's population of potentially hazardous asteroids.


Read more (May 16, 2012)

 

Mineral Diversity at Vesta's South Pole

NASA Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid


NASA's Dawn spacecraft provides the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation with terrestrial planets and Earth's moon.


Read more (May 09, 2012)

 

This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta.

NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results


NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency's Dawn spacecraft.


Read more (May 07, 2012)

 

Aquilia Area in Color

Dawn Reveals Secrets of Giant Asteroid Vesta


Findings from Dawn reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure.


Read more (April 24, 2012)

 

A meteor in the sky above Reno, Nevada on April 22, 2012. Image credit: Lisa Warren

Fireball Over California/Nevada: How Big Was It?


Scientists have a size estimate for an impressive fireball that was witnessed over California's Central Valley Sunday (4/22).


Read more (April 24, 2012)

 

Dawn Orbiting Vesta

Dawn Gets Extra Time to Explore Vesta


NASA's Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (April 18, 2012)

 

Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater

Dawn Sees New Surface Features on Giant Asteroid


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed unexpected details on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (March 21, 2012)

 

The orbit of asteroid 2011 AG5 carries it beyond the orbit of Mars and as close to the sun as halfway between Earth and Venus.

Asteroid 2011 AG5 - A Reality Check


Asteroid 2011 AG5 has been receiving a lot of attention lately because of a very unlikely scenario which would place it on an Earth-interception course 28 years from now.


Read more (February 28, 2012)

 

The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta

Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice


Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years.


Read more (January 25, 2012)

 

Closer and Closer to the Vesta Surface

Dawn Obtains First Low Altitude Images of Vesta


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta from its low-altitude mapping orbit.


Read more (December 21, 2011)

 

This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft

New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta's 'Color Palette'


New color data from NASA's Dawn mission give scientists an inside look at the chemical composition of giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (December 05, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes the Future


NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft completed a 140-second firing of its onboard rocket motors on Thursday, Nov. 24.


Read more (December 01, 2011)

 

Still from a 3-D video incorporating images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft

Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D


Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3-D video.


Read more (November 30, 2011)

 

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

NASA Releases Updated Radar Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55


NASA Scientists working with the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 2005 YU55.


Read more (November 11, 2011)

 

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST

NASA Releases Radar Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55


Scientists working with the 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have generated a short movie clip of asteroid 2005 YU55.


Read more (November 08, 2011)

 

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST

NASA Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth


NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing close to Earth.


Read more (November 07, 2011)

 

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data taken in April of 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico.

NASA in Final Preparations for Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby


NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8.


Read more (October 26, 2011)

 

Trajectory of comet Elenin.

NASA Says Comet Elenin Gone and Should Be Forgotten


Latest indications are this relatively small comet has broken into even smaller, even less significant, chunks of dust and ice.


Read more (October 25, 2011)

 

All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova

NASA Telescopes Help Solve Ancient Supernova Mystery


A mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago, when Chinese astronomers witnessed what would turn out to be an exploding star in the sky, has been solved.


Read more (October 24, 2011)

 

Capturing the Surface of Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn Science Team Presents Early Science Results


Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have provided details about the southern hemisphere of Vesta, which boasts one of the largest mountains in the solar system.


Read more (October 12, 2011)

 

Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region

New View of Vesta Mountain From NASA's Dawn Mission


A new image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a mountain three times as high as Mt. Everest, amidst the topography in the south polar region of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (October 10, 2011)

 

In this image of Vesta north is up and the upper right corner is to the northeast.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins New Vesta Mapping Orbit


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has completed a gentle spiral into its new science orbit for an even closer view of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (September 30, 2011)

 

NEOWISE observations indicate that there are about 20,500

NASA Space Telescope Finds Fewer Asteroids Near Earth


New observations by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought.


Read more (September 29, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

NASA to Host News Conference on Asteroid Search Findings


NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) on Thurs., Sept. 29, to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and implications for future research.


Read more (September 26, 2011)

 

Searching for the Origins of the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Origin of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Remains a Mystery


The family of asteroids some believed was responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs is not likely the culprit according to new observations.


Read more (September 19, 2011)

 

Viewing the South Pole of Vesta

NASA's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta


A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (September 16, 2011)

 

This photo illustration of a different fireball was taken in 1966 by astronomer Jim Young.

Meteor Likely Cause of Southwest U.S. Light Show


A meteor is the most probable cause of a bright, colorful fireball witnessed by people in a wide swath of the southwestern United States.


Read more (September 15, 2011)

 

Trajectory of comet Elenin.

Comet Elenin Poses No Threat to Earth


Comet Elenin, like most comets, is harmless. NASA scientists share the facts about Elenin, which will pass at a safe 22 million miles from Earth in October.


Read more (August 16, 2011)

 

3D Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region

NASA's Asteroid Photographer Beams Back Science Data


NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now in its first science-collecting orbit at Vesta.


Read more (August 11, 2011)

 

Full-Frame Image of Vesta

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta


NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits.


Read more (August 01, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 23, 2011

NASA's Dawn's Spacecraft Views Dark Side of Vesta


NASA's Dawn mission, in orbit around Vesta, captures a new image from a distance of 3,200 miles (5,200) kilometers from the giant asteroid.


Read more (July 28, 2011)

 

Earth's New Trojan Friend

NASA's WISE Finds Earth's First Trojan Asteroid


Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA's WISE mission have discovered the first known "Trojan" asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth.


Read more (July 27, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 18, 2011.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Beams Back New Photo


NASA's Dawn mission, in orbit around Vesta, captured the latest image from a distance of about 6,500 miles (10,500 kilometers) kilometers from the giant asteroid.


Read more (July 21, 2011)

 

Latest Image of Vesta captured by Dawn on July 17, 2011

NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Vesta


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.


Read more (July 18, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Asteroid Vesta


NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Saturday became the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.


Read more (July 16, 2011)

 

This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

Comet Hartley 2 Leaves a Bumpy Trail


Comet Hartley 2 is a little bit like Hansel and Gretel, leaving behind a trail of ice crumbs as it circles the sun.


Read more (July 14, 2011)

 

Asteroid Vesta

NASA Spacecraft to Enter Asteroid's Orbit on July 15


On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.


Read more (July 14, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

Dawn Team Members Check out Spacecraft


Mission managers for NASA's Dawn spacecraft are studying the spacecraft's ion propulsion system after Dawn experienced a loss of thrust on June 27.


Read more (July 07, 2011)

 

The path of a near-Earth object expected to make a pass by Earth June 25 and 26, 2011.

Small Asteroid to Whip Past Earth on June 27, 2011


An asteroid designated 2011 MD will safely pass Earth in the early morning hours.


Read more (June 24, 2011)

 

Dawn Approaching Vesta

Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid


NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid.


Read more (June 23, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

NASA Hosts Preview of Visit to Large Asteroid


NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 23, to discuss the Dawn spacecraft's year-long visit to the large asteroid Vesta.


Read more (June 20, 2011)

 

Introducing Comet Hartley 2

Science Paper Details NASA Epoxi Flyby of Hyper Comet


NASA's EPOXI mission found that Comet Hartley 2 is a hyperactive little comet, spewing out more water than most other comets its size.


Read more (June 16, 2011)

 

Vesta's surface comes into view

Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta


Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt.


Read more (June 13, 2011)

 

unprocessed image of the asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach.


Read more (May 11, 2011)

 

Trajectory of comet Elenin.

Comet Elenin: Preview of a Coming Attraction


A visitor from the outer reaches of our solar system might sound ominous. But comets do this all the time.


Read more (May 04, 2011)

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

Dawn Reaches Milestone Approaching Asteroid Vesta


NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached its official approach phase to the asteroid Vesta and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation.


Read more (May 03, 2011)

 

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data taken in April of 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico.

Spacecraft Earth to Perform Asteroid 'Flyby' This Fall


NASA spacecraft have already flown past comets and asteroids, and now Earth itself will "fly by" an object that will provide NASA scientists a unique observing opportunity.


Read more (May 02, 2011)

 

Asteroid 2011 GP59 as imaged on the night of April 11, 2011 by amateur astronomer Nick James of Chelmsford, Essex, England.

Fast-Rotating Asteroid Winks For Astronomer's Camera


An amateur astronomer's video of a newly discovered near-Earth object shows the space rock to be tumbling at a fast rate.


Read more (April 14, 2011)

 

When is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid?

When is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid?


When it's Vesta! On the anniversary of Vesta's discovery day, NASA's Dawn mission celebrates this extraordinary hunk of rock.


Read more (March 29, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of Stardust spacecraft

NASA's Stardust: Good to the Last Drop


NASA's most traveled comet hunter goes out in style with one final burn of its rocket motors.


Read more (March 23, 2011)

 

Tempel 1 Impact Site

NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet


NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission.


Read more (February 15, 2011)

 

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to  comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011, from a distance of approximately 2,462 kilometers (1,530 miles)

Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground


JPL Mission controllers have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.


Read more (February 15, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

NASA's Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby


Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., watched as data downlinked from the Stardust spacecraft indicated it completed its closest approach with comet Tempel 1.


Read more (February 14, 2011)

 

This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1.

NASA's Stardust-NExT: Valentine's Night Comet Flyby


As of about 10 p.m. PST (1 a.m. EST on Feb. 15), NASA's Stardust spacecraft has turned to point its high-gain antenna at Earth and started downlinking data through that antenna.


Read more (February 14, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

The Two Faces of Tempel 1


Whichever part of comet Tempel 1 is facing toward Stardust when the spacecraft zips by the comet tonight should provide some great new science.


Read more (February 14, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of a comet-themed box of chocolates

Five Things About NASA's Valentine's Day Comet


Here are five facts about NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft as it prepares for a Valentine's "date" with comet Tempel 1. Feel free to sing along!


Read more (February 10, 2011)

 

Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel

Heading Into the Bonus Round -- in Space


Stardust-NExT, history's most traveled comet hunter, has a rich legacy of space firsts.


Read more (February 09, 2011)

 

Artist rendering of Stardust-NExT spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA Hosting Events for Valentine's Night Comet Encounter


NASA will host several live activities for the Stardust-NExT mission's close encounter with comet Tempel 1.


Read more (February 08, 2011)

 

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission will fly past comet Tempel 1 on the evening of Feb. 14, 2011

Stardust Celebrates Twelve Years With Rocket Burn


NASA's Stardust-NExT mission team on Earth marked the spacecraft's 12th anniversary in space with a flight path correction maneuver.


Read more (February 08, 2011)

 

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

NASA Stardust Adjusts Flight Path for Comet Meetup


NASA's Stardust spacecraft has executed a rocket burn to refine its flight path toward a Valentine's Day comet encounter.


Read more (February 01, 2011)

 

A Family Portrait

NASA's NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids and Comets


NASA's NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system.


Read more (February 01, 2011)

 

The first image of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft is a composite made from observations on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011.

NASA Comet Hunter Spots Its Valentine


NASA's Stardust spacecraft is closing in on a Valentine's Day date with comet Tempel 1.


Read more (January 26, 2011)

 

Artist rendering of Stardust-NExT spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous


NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST), on Feb. 14.


Read more (January 19, 2011)

 

A radar image of asteroid 2010 JL33, generated from data taken by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Dec. 11 and 12, 2010.

NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid


This 36-frame video, from NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar, depicts the rotation of asteroid JL33 - an irregular, elongated object roughly 1.8 kilometers (1.1) miles wide.


Read more (January 11, 2011)

 

STARDUST Launch Artist rendering of Stardust-NExT spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

NASA Spacecraft Burns for Another Comet Flyby


NASA's Stardust spacecraft fired its rockets to adjust its flight path today, Nov. 22, to set itself up for a flyby of comet Tempel 1 next February.


Read more (November 22, 2010)

 

Hartley 2, Close Up

NASA Spacecraft Sees Cosmic Snow Storm During Comet Encounter


The EPOXI mission's recent encounter with comet Hartley 2 provided the first images clear enough for scientists to link jets of dust and gas with specific surface features.


Read more (November 18, 2010)

 

A Geminid meteor

How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'


There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others.


Read more (November 16, 2010)

 

Close-up view of comet Hartley 2

Flight of the Comet


This video clip was compiled from images taken by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4.


Read more (November 05, 2010)

 

Montage of images showing comet Hartley 2 during EPOXI's flyby

NASA EPOXI Flyby Reveals New Insights Into Comet Features


Scientists say initial images from today's flyby of comet Hartley 2 provide new information about the comet's volume and material spewing from its surface.


Read more (November 04, 2010)

 

Introducing Comet Hartley 2

NASA Mission Successfully Flies by Comet Hartley 2


NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is the fifth comet nucleus visited by a spacecraft.


Read more (November 04, 2010)

 

Close-up view of comet Hartley 2

Epoxi Flyby of Comet Hartley 2 Underway


Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have relayed final instructions to their comet-bound spacecraft today, Nov. 3.


Read more (November 04, 2010)

 

Malcolm Hartley, comet discoverer

The Man Behind Comet Hartley 2


Malcolm Hartley has seen a whole lot of the universe over the last 40 years, but he'd never had a close-up view of a comet named after him.


Read more (November 02, 2010)

 

EPOXI navigation team members and engineers in mission control at JPL

NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet


NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft steadily approaches its target, comet Hartley 2, as it completes its final flight-path adjustment.


Read more (November 02, 2010)

 

Jets emanating from comet Hartley 2

NASA's Comet Mission May Face Multiple Jets Nov. 4


Images from NASA's EPOXI mission shows jets emanating from comet Hartley 2.


Read more (November 01, 2010)

 

Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

NASA to Host Live Events for November 4 Comet Encounter


NASA will hold a series of news and educational events about the EPOXI mission's close encounter with comet Hartley 2, scheduled to occur at approximately 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Nov. 4.


Read more (November 01, 2010)

 

Twelve radar images of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2

Space Radar Provides a Taste of Comet Hartley 2


A massive space-radar dish in Puerto Rico is providing an appetizing glimpse at a cometary target for a Nov. 4 encounter by NASA's EPOXI mission.


Read more (October 28, 2010)

 

Epoxi team members in mission control

NASA Spacecraft Preps for Comet Flyby


NASA's EPOXI mission has successfully performed one of its final maneuvers as it prepares for a comet flyby on Nov. 4.


Read more (October 27, 2010)

 

Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

Countdown to Comet Flyby Down to Nine Days


NASA's EPOXI mission continues to close in on its target, comet Hartley 2, at a rate of 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) per second.


Read more (October 26, 2010)

 

Artist's concept of EPOXI headed toward comet Hartley 2

New Cometary Phenomenon Greets Approaching Spacecraft


Scientists expected the unexpected during NASA's EPOXI mission flyby of comet Hartley 2. They just didn't expect the unexpected quite so unexpectedly.


Read more (October 21, 2010)

 

comet Hartley 2

The Comet Cometh: Hartley 2 Visible in Night Sky


A comet that makes its closest approach to Earth this Wednesday, Oct. 20, will be scrutinized even more closely by a NASA spacecraft in a little over two weeks.


Read more (October 19, 2010)

 

A newly-discovered car-sized asteroid will fly past Earth early Tuesday.

Small Asteroid to Pass Within Earth-Moon System Tuesday


A small asteroid will fly past Earth early Tuesday within the Earth-moon system.


Read more (October 11, 2010)

 

Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta in preparation for the Dawn spacecraft's visit in 2011.

NASA Mission to Asteroid Gets Help from Hubble


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the large asteroid Vesta that will help refine plans for the Dawn spacecraft's rendezvous with Vesta in July 2011.


Read more (October 08, 2010)

 

The Hottest Photos from WISE

NASA's WISE Mission Warms Up but Keeps Chugging Along


After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant.


Read more (October 04, 2010)

 

Artist's concept of EPOXI headed toward comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI Mission Sets Up for Comet Flyby


NASA's EPOXI mission successfully performed a trajectory correction maneuver today. The maneuver refined the spacecraft's orbit for a flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4.


Read more (September 29, 2010)

 

This NASA EPOXI/DIXI Mission image, 60 days from Encounter with comet 103P/Hartley 2

Tally-Ho! Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes Comet Target


NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has beamed down the first of over 64,000 images it will be taking of Comet Hartley 2.


Read more (September 08, 2010)

 

Two small asteroids in unrelated orbits will pass within the moon's distance of Earth on Wed. Both should be observable with moderate-sized amateur telescopes.

Two Asteroids to Pass by Earth Wednesday


Two asteroids, several meters in diameter and in unrelated orbits, will pass within the moon's distance of Earth on Wednesday, Sept. 8.


Read more (September 07, 2010)

 

A Geminid meteor

How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'


Insider tips on 2010 and 2011's meteor showers and how to make the most of each opportunity to watch a visitor from space take that final dive.


Read more (August 06, 2010)

 

Asteroid Lutetia and Saturn

Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage


The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, did a close flyby of asteroid Lutetia on Saturday, July 10.


Read more (July 09, 2010)

 

Graphic depicting the trajectory of near-Earth object 2010 KQ

Small Near-Earth Object Probably a Rocket Part


Scientists have determined that a small object that safely passed Earth on May 21 is more than likely an upper-stage of a rocket.


Read more (May 27, 2010)

 

NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer describes the ongoing tally of space rocks and comets amassed

WISE Makes Progress on Its Space Rock Catalog


NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is busy surveying the landscape of the infrared sky, building up a catalog of cosmic specimens -- everything from distant galaxies to "failed" stars, called brown dwarfs.


Read more (May 24, 2010)

 

Tadpole nebula

Asteroid Caught Marching Across Tadpole Nebula


A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, and asteroids that just happened to be cruising by.


Read more (May 13, 2010)

 

asteroid 2005 YU55

Radar Clicks Asteroid's Pic


Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 was "imaged" by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico on April 19.


Read more (April 29, 2010)

 

artist's concept of an asteroid belt

Scientists Say Ice Lurks In Asteroid's Cold Heart


Scientists using a NASA funded telescope have detected water-ice and carbon-based organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid.


Read more (April 28, 2010)

 

meteor over southwestern Wisconsin

Wisconsin Fireball Caught On Tape


A rooftop webcam at the University of Wisconsin-Madison captured the final seconds of a fireball's Wednesday, April 14 descent into the atmosphere.


Read more (April 15, 2010)

 

Meteor from Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower.

Meteor Showers: Shooting for Shooting Stars


Meteor showers – one of the many benefits to living on a planet with an atmosphere.


Read more (April 07, 2010)

 

Orbit of asteroid 2010 GA6

Asteroid to Fly by Within Moon's Orbit Thursday


A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will safely fly by Earth this Thursday at 7:06 p.m. Pacific (2:06 U.T.C.).


Read more (April 06, 2010)

 

Asteroid Vesta as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Get Set for a Possible Glimpse of an Asteroid


The most prominent asteroid in the sky is currently yours for the perusing with binoculars -- and perhaps even the naked eye.


Read more (February 16, 2010)

 

mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

Suspected Asteroid Crash Leaves Odd Debris Trail


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.


Read more (February 03, 2010)

 

near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer

NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid


NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has spotted its first never-before-seen near-Earth asteroid, the first of hundreds it is expected to find during its mission to map the whole sky in infrared light.


Read more (January 25, 2010)

 

Orbital diagram depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2010 AL30 during its flyby of Earth in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

Asteroid To Fly By Earth Wednesday Is a Natural


Asteroid 2010 AL30 will fly safely past Earth on Jan. 13. There are those who say it may be a used rocket stage. Not so fast says NASA's Near-Earth Object Office.


Read more (January 12, 2010)

 

This artist's conception shows a Jupiter-sized planet forming from a disk of dust and gas surrounding a young, massive star.

Planets Can Form Around Hefty Stars


NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping scientists find evidence for planets around massive stars.


Read more (January 06, 2010)

 

The Perseid meteor shower

Best (Meteor) Shower of 2009 - No Towel Required


Bundle up and get ready to watch a fiery lightshow stirred up by dead comets in Earth's upper atmosphere during the cold of winter in the dead of night.


Read more (December 09, 2009)

 

2012 - A Scientific Reality Check


The manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Office shares with you the scientific realities surrounding the celestial happenings in the year 2012


Read blog (November 10, 2009)

 

Asteroid Apophis

NASA Refines Asteroid Apophis' Path Toward Earth


Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid.


Read more (October 07, 2009)

 

asteroid Juno

Asteroid Juno Grabs the Spotlight


Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on the asteroid Juno, giving that bulky lump of rock a rare featured cameo in the night sky.


Read more (September 16, 2009)

 

a massive collision between rocky, embryonic planets as big as mountain ranges

Jumping Asteroids


How our solar system was formed has fascinated scientists and laymen alike for -- well, for a really, really long time. New research may have answered a piece to the puzzle - how big were the first planetesimals?


Read more (August 18, 2009)

 

This is an artist's concept of the Stardust spacecraft beginning its flight through gas and dust around comet Wild 2.

NASA Researchers Make First Discovery of Life's Building Block in Comet


NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.


Read more (August 17, 2009)

 

Don Yeomans

On the JPL Blog: Comets and Life On Earth


With the recent discovery of the amino acid glycine in the comet dust samples returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft, it is becoming a bit more clear how life may have originated on Earth.


Read more (August 17, 2009)

 

color image of Eros

New Near-Earth Object Report from National Research Council


In the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, Congress mandated that by 2020 NASA should be capable of detecting at least 90 percent of objects over 140 meters wide in the vicinity of Earth’s orbit.


Read more (August 12, 2009)

 

a rock called 'Block Island,' the largest meteorite yet found on Mars

Meteorite Found on Mars Yields Clues About Planet's Past


NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history.


Read more (August 10, 2009)

 

Triple Asteroid System Triples Observers' Interest


Radar imaging at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on June 12 and 14, 2009, revealed that near-Earth asteroid 1994 CC is a triple system.


Read more (August 06, 2009)

 

Jupiter

On the JPL Blog: The Lowdown on Jupiter's Black Eye


JPL scientist Glenn Orton recounts how he and his team used a NASA telescope to verify an impact at Jupiter, which was first observed by an amateur astronomer in Australia.


Read blog / post a comment (July 29, 2009)

 

Asteroid Watch

NASA to Provide Web Updates on Objects Approaching Earth


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is introducing a new Web site that will provide a centralized resource for information on near-Earth objects - those asteroids and comets that can approach Earth.


Read more (July 29, 2009)

 

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19.

Hubble Space Telescope Captures Rare Jupiter Collision


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19.


Read more (July 27, 2009)

 

Jupiter

New NASA Images Indicate Object Hits Jupiter


Scientists have found evidence that another object has bombarded Jupiter, exactly 15 years after the first impacts by the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.


Read more (July 20, 2009)

 

Artist concept of asteroid impacting earth

NASA Study Shows Asteroids May Have Accelerated Life On Earth


A NASA-funded study indicates that an intense asteroid bombardment nearly 4 billion years ago may not have sterilized the early Earth as completely as previously thought.


Read more (May 20, 2009)

 

asteroid Ida and its moon Dactyl

Live Chat With NASA's Asteroid Trackers


A live videocast and chat from JPL offers a unique opportunity for viewers to ask questions of scientists with NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office about how NASA discovers and tracks asteroids.


Read more (March 23, 2009)

 

orbit of 2009 FH, Mar. 17, 2009

Asteroid to Fly By Earth Wednesday


A small asteroid will fly past Earth early tomorrow morning (Wed., March 18).


Read more (March 17, 2009)

 

2008 TC3

Small Asteroid to Light Up Sky Over Africa


An asteroid measuring several feet in diameter is expected to enter the atmosphere over northern Sudan before dawn Tuesday, setting off a potentially brilliant natural fireworks display.


Read more (October 06, 2008)

 

Asteroid Apophis

NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations


The Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has not changed its current estimates for the very low probability (1 in 45,000) of an Earth impact by the asteroid Apophis in 2036.


View release (April 16, 2008)

 

radar image of 2007 TU24 from Jan. 28, 2008

Asteroid Zooms by Earth


As expected, Asteroid 2007 TU24 made its closest approach to Earth at 12:33 a.m. today, Jan. 29 (3:33 a.m. Eastern time), and is now headed away from our planet.


Read more (January 29, 2008)

 

radar image of 2007 TU24 from Jan. 28, 2008

NASA Scientists Get First Images of Earth Flyby Asteroid


Scientists at JPL have obtained the first images of asteroid 2007 TU24 using high-resolution radar data.


View release (January 25, 2008)

 

asteroid 2007 TU24

Asteroid to Make Rare Close Flyby of Earth January 29


Scientists are monitoring the orbit of asteroid 2007 TU24.


View release (January 24, 2008)

 

asteroid Ida and its moon

Searching for the Grandest Asteroid Tour


Orbit mechanics experts from around the world recently met to discuss methods for finding the best possible spacecraft trajectory, or flight path, for visiting a sequence of asteroids.


View feature (April 05, 2007)

 

Radar observation of 1999 JM8

Radar Love: Asteroid Detection and Science


They are the celestial equivalent of sonograms. But their hazy outlines and ghostly features do not document the in-vivo development of a future taxpayer.


View feature (December 19, 2006)