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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifts off to sample asteroid Bennu - Watch!

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifts off to sample asteroid Bennu - Watch!

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft lifted off at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft all set for 3D mapping during course of flight

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft all set for 3D mapping during course of flight

The mission is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Comets, asteroids made Mars habitable

Comets, asteroids made Mars habitable

Turns out, massive bombardment that occurred some four billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia may have made Mars more likely to support life.

NASA's 'flying' telescope begins studying asteroids, stars

NASA's 'flying' telescope begins studying asteroids, stars

SOFIA’s instruments observe infrared energy - one part of the electromagnetic spectrum which includes visible light, x-rays, radio waves and others.

How 'burning' asteroids dispatch shooting stars to Earth

How 'burning' asteroids dispatch shooting stars to Earth

This study suggests that the parent objects were completely destroyed when they came too close to the Sun - leaving behind streams of meteors but no parent NEOs.

NASA programme to protect Earth from asteroids

NASA programme to protect Earth from asteroids

NASA, however, said that it has an asteroid impact and deflection mission concept in the works with the European Space Agency.

Giant comets may pose danger to life on Earth

Giant comets may pose danger to life on Earth

Known severe upsets of the terrestrial environment and interruptions in the progress of ancient civilisations, together with our growing knowledge of interplanetary matter in near-Earth space, indicate the arrival of a centaur around 30,000 years ago.

NASA booster for deeper space mission including Mars

NASA booster for deeper space mission including Mars

 In a bid to bolster its effort to prepare humans for deeper space missions, NASA engineers have refined the key thermal protection system of Orion - new exploration spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to asteroid and Mars.

Is the world going to end in 2015?

Is the world going to end in 2015?

The signs of the time are simply going stronger – earthquakes, storms are becoming frequent and fiercer.  

Asteroids moon's main water supply: Study

Asteroids moon's main water supply: Study

Water reserves found on the moon are the result of asteroids acting as "delivery vehicles" and not of falling comets as was previously thought, new research has found.

NASA building space shotgun to blast asteroids

NASA is developing world's first space shotgun that can blast asteroids into small pieces for collection as samples when a robotic spacecraft reaches near one such space rock in the near future.

Traces of meteorite that hit Sweden 460 million years ago found

 Researchers have found traces of two simultaneous meteorite impacts in the Swedish county of Jamtland - first evidence of a twin strike that occurred around 460 million years ago.

Asteroids pounding fractured Moon's upper crust: Scientists

Asteroids pounding fractured Moon's upper crust: Scientists

 Nearly four billion years ago, the moon took a severe beating as a barrage of asteroids pelted its surface, carving out craters and opening deep fissures in its crust, scientists have revealed.

Lunar surface as fractured as possible

Lunar surface as fractured as possible

As per a new study, the far side of the moon is as fractured as possible.

NASA's new spacecraft may hitchhike across galaxy

NASA's new spacecraft may hitchhike across galaxy

NASA scientists have designed the concept of a spacecraft that would hitch rides on comets and asteroids by spearing them with tethers.

NASA may use nukes against stray asteroids

NASA may use nukes against stray asteroids

If a large interplanetary rock veers onto a collision course with the Earth, how would we defend ourselves? Well, scientists are not really sure, but one solution could be using nuclear weapons to destroy them.

Earth-like oceans may be common on other planets

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, according to a new research that suggests Earth-like oceans may be common on other planets.

Asteroids contain water essential for life on planets

Asteroids contain water essential for life on planets

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is most likely taking place in many other planetary systems just as it happened on Earth, British astronomers say.

Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains: Study

Flying people to deep space -- like Mars or an asteroid -- is high on NASA's wish list, but research on mice suggested on Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain.

''Dinosaur-killing'' asteroid may have triggered largest lava flows on Earth

''Dinosaur-killing'' asteroid may have triggered largest lava flows on Earth

A team of geophysicists has suggested that the asteroid that crashed into the Earth 66 million years ago may not have been the sole cause of the end of the dinosaurs; it may in fact have triggered massive volcanic eruptions around the globe that finished the job.