NASA Radar Shows Near-Earth Asteroid Bringing Its Own Moon

A mile-long asteroid set to pass safely by Earth on Friday appears to be bringing along a companion.


Charles Bolden discusses NASA's asteroid initiative at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on May 23, 2013. (credit: NASA/JPL)

NASA Chief Gets Update On JPL Mission To Capture Asteroid

An ambitious plan to capture a potentially dangerous asteroid and safely relocate it was the focus of a Southland visit by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Thursday.


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NASA Wants To ‘Lasso’ Asteroid, Tow It Closer To Earth

In the 1998 blockbuster hit “Armageddon”, a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth was just science fiction.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/11/2013


NASA: Asteroid, Russian Meteor ‘Completely Unrelated’

A football-sized space rock is set to pass safely by the Earth on Friday.


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NASA: Asteroid Fly-By To Mark ‘Closest Pass In History’

NASA officials were expected to discuss an near-Earth flyby of an asteroid that will pass closely – but safely – next week.


The mission statement for Deep Space Industries calls for the space exploration community to "harness the power of a new age of information to locate, explore, harvest and utilize the vast numbers of asteroids in Earth's community". (credit: DSI)

Westside Firm Aims For Asteroid-Mining Space Mission

Santa Monica-based Deep Space Industries is working toward the world’s first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft by 2015.


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NASA’s ‘Dawn’ Spacecraft Beams Back New Images Of Asteroid

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been a fervent photographer, snapping more than 10,000 pictures of the asteroid Vesta since it slipped into orbit around the giant space rock last summer.



Aircraft Carrier-Sized Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth; Largest Since 1976

A massive asteroid is expected to make a fly-by of our planet Tuesday, but NASA experts warn there is no chance of any impact with the Earth.

CBS2 / KCAL9–11/07/2011

Vesta as seen by NASA spacecraft Dawn from about 3,200 miles away (courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

‘Snowman’ Craters Found On Asteroid Twice The Size Of California

Scientists are getting a closer look at what appears to be a “groovy” asteroid passing through our solar system.

KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO–08/01/2011

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NASA’s ‘Dawn’ Spacecraft Orbits Massive Asteroid

NASA says its Dawn spacecraft is preparing to study the massive asteroid Vesta after being captured into its orbit during the weekend.

CBS2 / KCAL9–07/18/2011

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Small Asteroid Swings Harmlessly Past Earth

Whew, that was close. An asteroid the size of a tour bus streaked harmlessly past Earth on Monday, passing within 7,600 miles.


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Small Asteroid To Zip Past Earth Monday

NASA says a newly discovered asteroid will have a close encounter with Earth on Monday, but there’s no need to worry.


Ice was found on two asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (credit: AP)

Astronomers Discover Ice On Second Asteroid

Astronomers have discovered water in the form of ice on a second asteroid, suggesting the life-essential ingredient is more common than believed.