Driving diamond into asteroid dust helps model planetary defence test19 September 2019 A trio of dust grains retrieved from an asteroid by Japan’s Hayabusa mission have helped model a grand-scale planetary defence experiment that could one day save Earth.
A burst of asteroid activity in Europe10 September 2019
A burst of asteroid activity in Europe10 September 2019 The next few days will see a rare convergence of asteroid-related activity in Europe, as planetary defence and other experts meet in three locations to coordinate humanity's efforts to defend ourselves from hazardous space rocks.
Europe and US teaming up for asteroid deflection 02 September 2019
Europe and US teaming up for asteroid deflection 02 September 2019 Asteroid researchers and spacecraft engineers from the US, Europe and around the world will gather in Rome next week to discuss the latest progress in their common goal: an ambitious double-spacecraft collaboration to deflect an asteroid in space, to...
When CubeSats meet asteroid28 June 2019
When CubeSats meet asteroid28 June 2019 ESA’s Hera mission for planetary defence, being designed to survey the smallest asteroid ever explored, is really three spacecraft in one. The main mothership will carry two briefcase-sized CubeSats, which will touch down on the target body. A French...
Will DART make its target asteroid go wobbly? Hera will see27 June 2019 There are models and simulations, but nobody knows exactly what is going to happen after NASA’s DART impactor crashes into the smaller of the two Didymos asteroids at 6.6 km/s – humankind’s first full-scale deflection test for planetary defence.