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The spacecraft will drop off its precious samples of asteroid Bennu on Sept. 24, 2023.
The Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner learned from his mother and grandfather, while also forging his own path.
Kinetic impactor or nuclear blast? Here are some ways to defend our planet from a dangerous asteroid.
Finding asteroids before they hit Earth not only protects us from harm, it can also yield beautiful photos.
New stars are being born, new missions are being conceived, and new discoveries are being made all the time.
Brief updates on what the latest Shoemaker NEO grant winners have been working on.
Arecibo helped us explore the cosmos and our solar system, search for life, and defend Earth from potentially dangerous asteroids.
The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.
Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.
NASA used to spend more on travel for its employees at headquarters than it did on finding dangerous near-Earth asteroids. Now it’s building asteroid-hunting space telescopes. What changed?
Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.
A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.
The LSST is expected to increase the number of known small bodies by more than a factor of 10.
More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.
Vicky Hamilton explores how OSIRIS-REx used its Earth flyby to test instruments on the way to asteroid Bennu.
OSIRIS-REx team members held a press briefing today at the 2018 American Geophysical Union meeting, and announced that the mission has already found water on asteroid Bennu.
A global team of astronomers has found a rare type of asteroid, where two equal-mass objects circle each other in a never-ending dance as they hurtle through the solar system.
Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.
In a milestone for the mission, JAXA's Hayabusa2 sample return spacecraft has sighted its destination, asteroid Ryugu.