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NEO-MAPP on Asteroid Day LIVE 2021 698 396 NEO MAPP

NEO-MAPP on Asteroid Day LIVE 2021

NEO-MAPP personnel again made a significant contribution to Asteroid Day LIVE this year. Asteroid Day is observed annually on 30 June. It is the United Nations sanctioned day of public awareness about the risks and opportunities associated with asteroids. It provides educational resources and outreach…

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New Project Aims To Improve Planetary Defense Against Asteroids

by Eurasia Review The University of Alicante (UA) is once again participating in a project on advanced research on near-Earth objects and new technologies for planetary defense that will run up to 2023. The project, called NEO-MAPP (acronym that stands for Near Earth Object Modelling…

Q&A: How we’re gearing up to deflect asteroids that might cause Earth considerable damage 480 270 NEO MAPP

Q&A: How we’re gearing up to deflect asteroids that might cause Earth considerable damage

by Natalie Grover Humans are also considering mining asteroids for metals, but one of the crucial reasons scientists study this ancient space rubble is planetary defence, given the potential for space debris to cause Earth harm. Accordingly, NASA is planning a 2022 planetary defence mission that involves…

An asteroid disruption event shown here in a stereo gif created by Brian May and Claudia Manzoni.
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Brian May helps show Hera’s target asteroid may be a celestial dust bunny

An asteroid disruption event shown here in a stereo gif created by Brian May and Claudia Manzoni. Credit: Brian May/Claudia Manzoni – London Stereoscopic Company An international research group, including Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, has shown how the same forces responsible for building…

Jean-Baptiste Vincent: How Similar Are Asteroids and Comets? 480 270 NEO MAPP

Jean-Baptiste Vincent: How Similar Are Asteroids and Comets?

Once it seemed so simple: asteroids were rocky bodies that lived close to the Sun, travelling around on more or less circular orbits. Comets on the other hand were icy bodies that spent most of their time in the further reaches of the solar system,…

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Naomi Murdoch: Asteroids are More Than Just Space Rocks

Naomi Murdoch We’ve all heard asteroids described as space rocks, but that’s nowhere near the whole story. The more we learn about them, the more we realise that asteroids are truly alien environments. And for planetary scientist Naomi Murdoch, ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse, France, that’s the fascinating…