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How Much is an Asteroid Worth? Not as Much as You Think (or a Lot More)

Inverse | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science
Inverse

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Jacqueline Ronson ost of the time, people imagine the Earth as basically self-contained. It's a ...

Grainy Images Reveal Tiny Moon Orbiting Big Asteroid

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Science

Well, that's a surprise. The big asteroid that just gave Earth a close shave has its own little moon. The moon measures only about 230 feet ac...

PEE-YEW! This Comet Frickin' Stinks

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.30.2014 | Science

Mix the aroma of rotten eggs with a whiff of horse stables, throw in a hint of ammonia and formaldehyde, and voila! You've got eau de Comet 67P/Churyu...

Asteroid To Zoom 'Very Close' To Earth

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Breathe easy, Earthlings. A 60-foot asteroid is headed our way, but astronomers say it's nothing to worry about. Dubbed 2014 RC, the space rock wi...

Weird Structure Discovered Inside Meteorite

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.26.2014 | Science

Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red P...

Meet The 'Mona Lisa' Meteorites

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science

They're being likened to the Mona Lisa -- four fossil meteorites that may be linked to an ancient cosmic crash in the early universe. Dr. Philipp H...

Buzz Aldrin Pooh-Poohs NASA's Asteroid Plan

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn't so happy with NASA's curre...

Essential Nutrient May Have Come From WHERE?

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 04.21.2014 | Science

An essential nutrient for life on Earth also cooks up in space, a new study finds. While scientists aren't yet sure of the exact recipe, they think r...

Fly Me To The Mini-Moon?

Space.com | Leonard David | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science

A manned mission to an asteroid may be quite a bit less complicated than NASA had thought. The space agency is drawing up bold plans to capture a nea...

WATCH: Hypervelocity Space Rock Smashes Into Moon, Sets New Record

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

The high-speed impact of a wayward space rock on the surface of the moon last year triggered the brightest lunar explosion ever seen, scientists say. ...

Space Agency Seeks 'Targets' For Ambitious Asteroid Mission

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission. The space agency aims to use a robo...

WATCH: Massive Asteroid To Zoom Past Earth

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

An asteroid the size of three football fields is set to make a close brush of Earth on Monday (Feb. 17), and you can watch the flyby in a live webcast...

Astronomers Spy First Asteroid Of 2014 (Just Before It Slams Into Us)

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Astronomers have spotted the first new asteroid of 2014 — a car-size space rock that apparently slammed harmlessly into Earth's atmosphere just afte...

Old Hunk Of Rock Turns Out To Be WHAT!?

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A hunk of rock found in a private collection is a rare meteorite, researchers have announced. The brown-black rock, which is small enough to fit in t...

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say

Space.com | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to be...

EXPLAINED: How Astronomers Home In On Killer Asteroids

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Searching for potentially Earth-destroying asteroids today isn't easy. They're dark, difficult to see from the surface of the planet, and there are a...

WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Killer Asteroids

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

Somewhere out there in the cosmos, odds are there's a big asteroid with our name on it—one that threatens not just to give Earth a close shave but a...

Strange Space Rock Reveals How Planet Lost Atmosphere

Space.com | Becky Oskin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The atmosphere of Mars may not have escaped into space billions of years ago, scientists say. Instead, the bulk of Mars' carbon dioxide gas could be l...

11 Cool Facts About Comets

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The world is set to go comet crazy next month, as the highly anticipated Comet ISON comes into view. "Comet ISON has the potential to be among the ...

WATCH: Space Agency May Do WHAT With Asteroid?

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science

Decades from now, people on Earth may be gearing up for an unprecedented celestial spectacle — the intentional smashing of an asteroid into the moon...

LOOK: Asteroid To Give Earth VERY Close Shave

Space.com | Megan Cannon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science

A tiny asteroid discovered just last week is set to zip by Earth on Wednesday (Sept. 18), passing between our planet and the moon. It is small enough ...

'Trojan Asteroid' Discovered Lurking Near Giant Planet

SPACE.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.30.2013 | Science

Astronomers have discovered an unexpected, novel kind of triangle in the sky — one whose points are the sun, Uranus and the first "Trojan asteroid" ...

WATCH: Awesome Asteroid Mission Animation Released

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

One of NASA's most audacious plans for the future is a mission to capture an asteroid and tug it back near Earth within the reach of astronaut explore...

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came From WHERE?

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from space, according to a new study. The bead...