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LEARN – How Do We Explore Asteroids?

March 3, 2021
Learning Objective:  To learn about the techniques we use to explore asteroids. Overview: From the first telescopic observations to the present day’s sample return missions, astronomers and planetary scientists have developed a number of increasingly advanced techniques to help them explore asteroids.  Specifics: Remote Observation This was the state of the art during the 19th […]
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B612: On a Mission to Protect Earth from Asteroid Impacts

February 25, 2021
B612 Foundation is an organization dedicated to the protection of Earth from asteroid impacts. It was formed 19 years ago following a workshop at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, that gathered together around 20 asteroid experts to discuss the mechanics of Planetary Defense. - The organizers of that workshop were astronaut and [...]
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NASA’s NEAR-Shoemaker Mission Celebrates its 25th Launch Anniversary

February 17, 2021
There was a lot more riding on the Delta II rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral on 17 February 1996 than the NEAR-Shoemaker space probe. NASA’s pride was on the line. A string of expensive failures had hurt the agency and now they were taking a fresh approach. Instead of concentrating on large missions that [...]
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Asteroid Day Returns to Celebrate 25 Years of Dedicated Asteroid Missions

February 15, 2021
LUXEMBOURG (11 February 2021) -- Asteroid Foundation’s annual Asteroid Day will return on 30 June. The theme for this year will be the 25th launch anniversary of NASA’s NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft, and the 2021 launch of three new asteroid missions, NASA’s Lucy, NEA Scout and DART – the world’s first mission to test an asteroid deflection [...]
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25th Anniversary Of Nasa’s Near-Shoemaker Mission

February 12, 2021
This year many new pages will be written in the history of asteroid exploration. NASA is planning to launch no less than three missions. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first planetary defense mission, is scheduled for launch in July. In October, Lucy, the first mission to study the Trojan group of asteroids near […]
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iDialogue and Asteroid Foundation Organise a Space Odyssey with Astronaut Dorin Prunariu

February 10, 2021
LONDON, UK (February 9, 2021) - iDialogue, in partnership with the Asteroid Foundation has organised a virtual field trip to space for teenagers globally. This once in a lifetime chance is definitely not to be missed. The added bonus, teens will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a real Astronaut. Dorin Prunariu, the [...]
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Asteroid Day Israel Going From Strength To Strength

February 8, 2021
For Victor Bar, Asteroid Day is not just a single 24 hours in June. Instead, it is a year-round programme of events, whenever something asteroid related is happening in the news. His latest event took place on 7 December 2020, less than 24 hours after Japan’s Hayabusa 2 returned its samples to Earth. Speaking on-line, […]
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Watch OSIRIS-REx Adventures with Dr Amy Simon

February 8, 2021
Watch as Asteroid Foundation and Asteroid Day Israel join forces to bring a special Space Connects Us event which aired on Monday 15 February.  NASA's Dr Amy Simon takes us behind the scenes of the OSIRIS-REx mission that collected samples from asteroid Bennu last year. She tells us about the mission's surprises and triumphs, reveals [...]
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How to take Great Pictures of your Asteroid Day Event

February 4, 2021
We love seeing/using your event photos and would like to promote your events worldwide. We encourage you to take as many clear high quality photos as possible, especially of:  Organizer group photos Pictures of your attendees (especially candid photos of your guests)  Photos of your AD event promotion posters, banners and print materials Anyone in [...]
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LEARN – Where Are Asteroids Located?

January 29, 2021
Learning Objective:  To learn how asteroids are distributed across the Solar System. Overview: Asteroids are found mostly in a set of orbits between Mars and Jupiter. This is known as the asteroid belt. Other families of asteroids exist outside this main belt. Specifics: Soon after the discovery of Ceres, the first asteroid, 19th century astronomers […]
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The FastKD Project: How To Deflect an Asteroid – And Do It Fast!

January 27, 2021
The problem is a simple one: what happens when we spot an incoming asteroid that needs deflecting but – instead of the years normally needed to build a space mission – we have just months. The solution could be the FastKD project from ESA and Airbus Defence and Space GMBH.  FastKD stands for Fast Kinetic […]
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The Mysterious Fascination Of Asteroids: How Naomi Murdoch Became A Planetary Scientist

January 26, 2021
Naomi Murdoch has felt the draw of the wider cosmos since her childhood. “Growing up in high school, I always really liked physics,” she says, “And would always spend time contemplating the universe, especially with my big cousin at the time.” When it came time to go to university, astrophysics was an obvious choice. Naomi […]