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Japan to launch asteroid-sampling mission in 2014

Last Updated: Sunday, December 30, 2012, 10:18

Building on its successful first round-trip mission to space rock Itokowa, Japan`s space agency is readying to launch an ambitious new asteroid sampling probe in 2014.

Hazardous asteroid flies by Earth

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 19:40

An asteroid, listed as a potentially hazardous object, passed in close proximity to the Earth at noon today.

Asteroid may bombard Earth in 2040

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 14:40

Scientists have identified an asteroid, which has a one in 625 chance of hitting Earth on February 5, 2040.

Asteroid may yield clues about Earth`s formation

Last Updated: Monday, October 31, 2011, 17:01

A half-km wide asteroid which streaks past the Earth next week could provide clues about how the planet was formed.