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STEM&Space

MEET ASTEROID DAY EVENT ORGANISERS STEM & SPACE INDIA

October 28, 2020
India’s STEM & Space organization grew out of a desire to help make the study of science and technology more engaging to children of all ages. The founders believed that while India taught excellent science in schools, STEM & Space could help stimulate school children’s imaginations by making the subject more hands-on and exciting.  STEM […]
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ASTEROID DAY HIGHLIGHTED EVENT – WEBINAR AND POSTER COMPETITION, INDIA

October 22, 2020
  To celebrate this year’s Asteroid Day, the Indian organisation STEM and Space organised a pair of on-line webinars followed by a poster competition for school children. The initiative attracted 300 students on-line, where they were split into two classes depending upon their age.  As part of the webinars, the students took part in an […]
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NASA’S OSIRIS-REX MISSION SUCCESSFULLY MAKES CONTACT WITH ASTEROID BENNU

October 21, 2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully executed the manoeuvre that brought it into brief contact with asteroid Bennu, so that it could collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface material.  Asteroid Bennu is currently more than 321 million kilometres (200 million miles) away from Earth. Since this is too far away for operators to be in […]
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LEARN – HOW DO WE COLLECT SAMPLES FROM AN ASTEROID?

October 16, 2020
Learning Objective: To understand how spacecraft collect samples from the surface of an asteroid  Overview: Collecting samples from the surface of asteroids is now a reality. Both JAXA’s Hayabusa2 and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx are designed to do this. They will return their samples to Earth where they will be subjected to many more tests than would […]
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XTRONAUT: THE GAME OF SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION

October 15, 2020
Do you have what it takes to put together a space mission and race through the solar system to explore a celestial object? Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration was designed by Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona. Dante is a Asteroid Day 100x signatory and speaker […]
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NASA’S OSIRIS-REX MISSION LEADER – DANTE LAURETTA

October 14, 2020
Dante Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He is an expert in near-Earth asteroid formation and evolution, and the leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission. Dante spoke at Asteroid Day LIVE 2020, explaining the importance of the mission, its scientific objectives, […]
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PLAN AN EVENT AROUND NASA’S OSIRIS-REX’S DARING SAMPLE COLLECTION

October 2, 2020
On 20 October, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will attempt to collect samples from the surface of asteroid Bennu. OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer. It was launched on 16 September 2016 and arrived at its target asteroid, Bennu, in December 2018. Since that time it has been surveying Bennu, looking for a […]
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ARE ROCKS FROM ASTEROID VESTA HITCH-HIKING THROUGH SPACE ON ASTEROID BENNU?

October 1, 2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured these images of asteroid Bennu’s surface during Spring 2019. They show strangely bright rocks that are now know to be fragments of asteroid Vesta. Credits: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona Long gone are the days when the asteroids were just faint points of light in the sky. Long gone too are the days […]
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GET READY FOR ASTEROID FLORA THIS HALLOWEEN

October 1, 2020
Asteroid Flora will be at its brightest for thirteen years around Halloween this year. Reaching magnitude 8, it will remain below the limit of the naked eye visibility, but can be easily seen with binoculars. Asteroid Flora was discovered in 1847 by John Russel Hind (1823-1895) from the George Bishop’s privately owned observatory in London. […]
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MEET ASTEROID DAY EVENT ORGANISERS FUNDACIÓN CHILENA DE ASTRONOMÍA

September 29, 2020
The Fundación Chilena de Astronomía (Chilean Astronomy Foundation) was born in 2018 with a simple objective in mind: to promote science, technology and creativity with the aim of contributing to the development of their country.  “We believe that knowledge should be available to everyone,” says Carolina Muñoz Concha, the Foundation’s Executive Director, “The spread of […]
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LEARN – ASTEROIDS AND THE FORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

September 24, 2020
Learning Objective: To understand why studying asteroids helps us understand the formation of the Solar System. Overview: Asteroids are scientifically invaluable because they can tell us about the formation of the Solar System.  This is because the Sun, the Earth and the many other bodies of the Solar System all formed more or less simultaneously […]