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International Asteroid Day (IAD) observed on June 30

The International Asteroid Day (IAD) is observed every year on June 30 to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard and to inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat. In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ..

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2002 AJ129: Asteroid

2002 AJ129 is a Mercury-crossing asteroid. It has the ninth-smallest perihelion of all numbered asteroids, after asteroids such as 2000 BD19, 2004 UL, and 2008 XM. It makes close approaches to all of the inner planets and asteroid 4 Vesta. The asteroid is estimated to be between 0.5–1.2 kilometers (0.3–0.7 mi) across. In January 2018, there was much media hype about this asteroid ..

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HAMMER Spacecraft

HAMMER stands for Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response. It is a nuclear spacecraft made by a joint venture between NASA, the US National Security Administration and a weapons lab from the US Energy Department. The spacecraft aims to blow any harmful looking asteroids out of the sky before they have a chance to ..

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NASA launches its newest planet-hunting spacecraft “TESS” to search for alien worlds

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to find thousands of new worlds beyond our Solar System. The mission will survey a great swathe of stars, hoping to catch the dips in brightness that occur when ..

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Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

NASA is developing Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first-ever mission that will deflect a near-Earth asteroid. The DART will be built and managed by the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). It is a proposed space probe that would demonstrate the kinetic effects of crashing an impactor spacecraft into an asteroid moon. The mission is intended ..

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