Spinning-top asteroids, from Rosetta to Hayabusa2 – and maybe Hera18 July 2018 As Japan’s Hayabusa2 drew closer to its target Ryugu asteroid, a strange new planetoid came into view – but one with a somewhat familiar shape. This distinct ‘spinning top’ asteroid class has been seen repeatedly in recent years, and might give a fore...
Asteroid Day live from Luxembourg28 June 2018
Asteroid Day live from Luxembourg28 June 2018 The world’s first 48-hour webcast about asteroids and their place in space will begin at 12:00 CEST, on Friday, 29 June 2018. Kicking off this exciting event, physicist, science advocate and former rock star Brian Cox will host the first 6-hour segmen...
Asteroid Day - ready for delivery26 June 2018
Asteroid Day - ready for delivery26 June 2018 In a unique cooperation between ESA, Asteroid Day and Luxembourg Post, a limited edition set of first-day stamps and postcards is being released for this year’s Asteroid Day.
Earth’s first mission to a binary asteroid, for planetary defence25 June 2018 Planning for humankind’s first mission to a binary asteroid system has entered its next engineering phase. ESA’s proposed Hera mission would also be Europe’s contribution to an ambitious planetary defence experiment.
Asteroid Day 201829 May 2018
Asteroid Day 201829 May 2018 On 30 June 1908, 110 years ago, a 40 m asteroid struck the Earth over Tunguska, Siberia. Destroying an area of forest the size of Greater London, this was the most significant impact event in Earth’s recent history. Now recognised by the United Nation...
ESA marks #Asteroid Day21 June 2017
ESA marks #Asteroid Day21 June 2017 The United Nations has declared 30 June to be International Asteroid Day, and ESA is joining other space agencies, astronauts, scientists and even rock stars for a 24-hour global telethon.