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Planetary Defense: Study Finds That NASA’s DART Spacecraft Could Obliterate Asteroids 777 437 NEO MAPP

Planetary Defense: Study Finds That NASA’s DART Spacecraft Could Obliterate Asteroids

  This article was originally published on Scitechdaily on August 7, 2022. The DART spacecraft’s collision with its target may leave the asteroid unrecognizable, rather than just a minor crater. University of Bern researchers simulate planetary defense. The world’s first comprehensive planetary defense test against…

Hera spacecraft design
A new peer-reviewed article on the ESA Hera mission published in The Planetary Science Journal 550 304 NEO MAPP

A new peer-reviewed article on the ESA Hera mission published in The Planetary Science Journal

The ESA Hera Mission: Detailed Characterization of the DART Impact Outcome and of the Binary Asteroid (65803) Didymos

Surface changes around the circumference of TAGSAM.
Near-zero cohesion and loose packing of Bennu’s near subsurface revealed by spacecraft contact 2560 2560 NEO MAPP

Near-zero cohesion and loose packing of Bennu’s near subsurface revealed by spacecraft contact

    This is an extract from the peer-reviewed journal Science  Advances (Vol. 8, No. 27) When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft pressed its sample collection mechanism into the surface of Bennu, it provided a direct test of the poorly understood near-subsurface physical properties of rubble-pile asteroids,…

Asteroid target morphologies after vertical and oblique DART-like impacts on spherical and ellipsoidal targets. Up to ~20% of the target material is displaced (denoted by the color). © Sabina D. Raducan and Martin Jutzi, The Planetary Science Journal, June 2022, https://doi.org/10.3847/PSJ/ac67a7
Bern University researchers simulate planetary defence 1200 801 NEO MAPP

Bern University researchers simulate planetary defence

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the world’s first full-scale planetary defense test against potential asteroid impacts on Earth. Sabina Raducan and Martin Jutzi from the University of Bern and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS now show that instead…

The NEO-MAPP University of Alicante team with, from left to right, Po-Yen Liu, Laura Parro, Adriano Campo Bagatin, Paula Benavidez and Nair Trógolo.
Universidad de Alicante: the physical modelling of asteroids 1000 667 NEO MAPP

Universidad de Alicante: the physical modelling of asteroids

The NEO-MAPP University of Alicante team with, from left to right, Po-Yen Liu, Laura Parro, Adriano Campo Bagatin, Paula Benavidez and Nair Trógolo. The scientific community has become aware of the need to measure the current technological capacity to avoid asteroid collisions with the Earth…

Adriano Campo Bagatin: Never judge an asteroid by its surface 1504 1128 NEO MAPP

Adriano Campo Bagatin: Never judge an asteroid by its surface

There is an old saying that cautions us never to judge a book by its cover. The planetary science version of this adage would be to never judge an asteroid by its surface. When it comes to understanding asteroids and particularly when it comes to…