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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
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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.
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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…

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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…

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Alain Herique: Peering inside asteroids and planets

One of the greatest medical advances of the 20th century was the ability to see inside the human body with X-rays. Now, something similar is happening in the field of asteroid investigations. Alain Herique of the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble and associate…

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Sabina Raducan brings asteroid impacts to life

If you’re going to do something big, say smash a spacecraft into an asteroid, it seems like a very good idea to have a few practise runs first. But how do you practise something that big without doing it in real life? It’s easy, according…

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NEO-MAPP Marks It Progress With A Successful Mid-Term Review

Pictured from left to right (back) Albert Falke, Karl Atkinson, Kai Wünnemnn, Edoardo Caroselli, Adriano Campo Bagatin, Martin Jutzi, Oriane Gassot, Jean-Baptiste Vincent, Mélanie Drilleau, Sarah Fontaine, (front) Naomi Murdoch, Sabina Raducan, Yun Zhang, Patrick Michel, Alain Herique, Nair Trogolo The NEO-MAPP mid-term review has…