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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begins search for Earth's Trojan asteroids

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft begins search for Earth's Trojan asteroids

The mission, currently on a two-year outbound cruise to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu, will spend almost two weeks searching for evidence of these small bodies, the US space agency NASA said on Thursday. 

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.

New NASA missions to Venus and near-earth objects by 2020

New NASA missions to Venus and near-earth objects by 2020

In its quest to explore Venus, near-earth objects and bizarre metal asteroids, the US space agency has zeroed on five key science investigations among 27 proposals through its ambitious Discovery programme.