Asteroid: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

What is Asteroid 16 Psyche? Why is it worth 10,000 Quadrillion USD?

Published: November 2, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA has found that 16 Psyche asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter is made of rare metals such as gold, cobalt, platinum, rhenium and iridium. The total worth of the precious metals in the asteroid has been estimated as 10,000 Quadrillion USD by NASA scientists. Highlights According to the ..

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China: World’s First Asteroid Mining Robot to be launched

Published: October 2, 2020

China is set to launch the first asteroid mining robot in the world by November 2020. The main objective of the mission is to assess capabilities of robots in asteroid mining. The robot will identify and extract valuable resources. Highlights The robot to be sent has been named “Asteroid Mining Robot”. It is to be ..

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Asteroid 465824

Published: September 5, 2020

NASA has been tracking asteroid 465824 2010 FR, which is twice as big as the Pyramid of Giza and is expected to cross the Earth’s orbit on September 6. It is classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO) and a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA). Asteroid 465824 2010 FR was discovered on March 18, 2010 by the Catalina ..

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Neowise: A Rare Comet to be visible in the Indian Skies

Published: July 13, 2020

A rare comet called the “Neowise” is to be visible in the Indian skies between July 14, 2020 and July 22, 2020. The comet will be visible for 20 minutes every day. Highlights The comet was discovered by Near Earth Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) in March 2020. The comet is to be visible in ..

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June 30: International Asteroid Day

Published: June 30, 2020

Every year June 30 is observed as the International Asteroid Day. It is celebrated by the United Nations as well. Highlights The International Asteroid Day is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that occurred on June 30, 1908. Tunguska Event The event is the largest known explosion recorded in the human history ..

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