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.

'Statue of Liberty' sized asteroid may hit Earth in October 2017

Astronomers have warned that a " Statue of Liberty" sized asteroid may hit Earth in October 2017 that could pt thousands of people in hospital.

Chile to host 70 percent of world's astronomical infrastructure by 2020

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has said that by 2020 Chile should host about 70 percent of the global astronomical infrastructure.

New software can help you detect possible asteroid threats
New software can help you detect possible asteroid threats

 A new software created by a NASA challenge, which has now been made public, can help amateur astronomers to detect possible asteroid threats in future.

Dinosaur-killing asteroid didn't ravage earth: Study

 New research has debunked the theory that the asteroid thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged the Earth.

Nuclear weapons to blast dangerous asteroids?
Nuclear weapons to blast dangerous asteroids?

 US researchers are looking into the possibility of using nuclear weapons to protect Earth from the threat of incoming asteroids.

Plan to protect Earth from rogue asteroids with nuclear weapons
Plan to protect Earth from rogue asteroids with nuclear weapons

Scientists have warned that the threat of an asteroid impact is far greater than previously thought. In order to counter the threat, plans are being mapped out to protect Earth from rogue asteroids with nuclear weapons.

Dinosaur-killer asteroid nearly wiped out mammals too
Dinosaur-killer asteroid nearly wiped out mammals too

Many mammals came perilously close to extinction when a massive asteroid hit the earth 66 million years ago, says a study, adding that if a few lucky species did not make it through then mammals may have gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Rosetta suggests Earth`s water came from asteroids, not comets
Rosetta suggests Earth`s water came from asteroids, not comets

Water on Earth is more likely to have come from asteroids that hit our planet billions of years ago than comets, European researchers said on Wednesday.

 'Asteroid day' announced to spread global awareness about killer asteroids
'Asteroid day' announced to spread global awareness about killer asteroids

To spread awareness and educate the world about asteroids, scientists recently announced "Asteroid Day". Along with it, a 100x Declaration was also released to protect the future of Earth from asteroid impacts .

Russian scientists plan project to detect space threats
Russian scientists plan project to detect space threats

Russian scientists plan to create a space observatory which can spot asteroids measuring over 50 metres at a distance of one astronomical unit and other space objects a decametre in size, similar to the Chelyabinsk meteorite, in the near Earth orbits.

Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off
Bad weather delays Japan asteroid probe lift off

Bad weather will delay the launch of a Japanese space probe on a six-year mission to mine a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet captivated the world.

Asteroid made bizarre diamonds on earth: Study

Scientists have long argued about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids.

Earth hit by 556 fiery asteroids in last 20 years: NASA

A new NASA map has revealed that over 556 asteroids smashed into the atmosphere over a 20-year period between 1994 and 2013, suggesting that space rocks are slamming into the Earth's atmosphere at a higher rate than previously thought.

NASA's Orion spacecraft complete, ready for first test flight
NASA's Orion spacecraft complete, ready for first test flight

The US space agency, NASA on Thursday put the finishing touches on its Orion spacecraft designed to take humans into deep space.

NASA's hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short: Report
NASA's hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short: Report

NASA won`t meet a congressionally ordered goal to find 90 percent of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter, the agency’s Inspector General said on Monday.