Part pioneer and part dirt collector, Osiris-Rex will spend the next year or so looking for a spot to capture pieces of the asteroid before heading back to Earth.
By Nsikan Akpan
More than two years after it launched, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx is approaching its target, an asteroid named Bennu. Scientists hope that rock samples from Bennu will provide insight into the likelihood of life on other planets, as well as…
By Miles O'Brien
If all goes according to plan, two spacecraft will commence close encounters with two asteroids by the end of August, in order to retrieve organic materials dating back to the solar system’s birth.
By Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American
In the latest ‘Oumuamua update, a research team deciphers the chemical makeup of the cigar-shaped rock.
By Rashmi Shivni
By Erica R. Hendry, Ryan Connelly Holmes
These days, it’s hard to stop politics from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.
By Rashmi Shivni
A cigar-shaped asteroid named ‘Oumuamua is our solar system's first interstellar visitor -- that we know of.
By Erica R. Hendry, Larisa Epatko, Jenny Marder
In the rush of coverage on how the president is navigating the Texas floods and North Korea threats, here are five important stories you may have missed.
An international team has tipped the debate on the origins of the solar system with the discovery of one of the oldest known asteroid families.
In our news wrap Friday, two days before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. House gave final approval for 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia, although the White House has made suggestions of a veto. Also,…
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