Planetary Defense News

NASA’s NEOWISE Extends Legacy With Decade of Near-Earth Object Data

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As the infrared space telescope continues its long-duration survey of the universe, it is creating a unique resource for future astronomers to make new discoveries. NASA’s NEOWISE mission has released its 10th year of infrared data – the latest in…

Article2 months ago

NASA Study: Asteroid’s Orbit, Shape Changed After DART Impact

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After NASA’s historic Double Asteroid Redirection Test, a JPL-led study has shown that the shape of asteroid Dimorphos has changed and its orbit has shrunk. When NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) deliberately smashed into a 560-foot-wide (170-meter-wide) asteroid on…

Article2 months ago

NASA’s Planetary Radar Images Slowly Spinning Asteroid

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During the close approach of 2008 OS7 with Earth on Feb. 2, the agency’s Deep Space Network planetary radar gathered the first detailed images of the stadium-size asteroid. On Feb. 2, a large asteroid safely drifted past Earth at a…

Article3 months ago
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NASA Celebrates First Decade of International Asteroid Warning Network 

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On January 13-14, 2014, representatives from NASA and various global research organizations convened the first meeting of the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) steering committee. This group was charged with strengthening coordinated international response to a potentially hazardous near-Earth object…

Article4 months ago

NASA System Predicts Impact of a Very Small Asteroid Over Germany

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The Scout impact assessment system calculated where and when the asteroid 2024 BX1 would impact Earth’s atmosphere, providing a useful demonstration of planetary defense capability. A small asteroid about 3 feet (1 meter) in size disintegrated harmlessly over Germany on…

Article4 months ago

Save the Date: Apophis 2029 Innovation (A29I) Listening Workshop

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Save the Date Apophis 2029 Innovation (A29I) Listening Workshop February 7, 2024 Please refer to this web page for any updated information OVERVIEW: NASA’s Agency Chief Technologist (ACT) within the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) is hosting a…

Article5 months ago

NASA’s NEOWISE Celebrates 10 Years, Plans End of Mission

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The asteroid and comet-hunting infrared space telescope has gathered an impressive haul of observations, but it’s now at the mercy of the Sun, which is accelerating its demise. NASA’s NEOWISE has had a busy decade. Since its reactivated mission began…

Article5 months ago

DART Team Earns Smithsonian Michael Collins Trophy for Successful Planetary Defense Test Mission

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NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will be honored with the 2024 Michael Collins Trophy for Current Achievement. For its work developing and managing the first-ever planetary defense test mission, the team comprised by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) and the…

Article7 months ago
Labeled infographic highlighting to-date near-Earth asteroid data from NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

Near-Earth Asteroids as of May 2024

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May 2024 Each month, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office releases a monthly update featuring the most recent figures on NASA’s planetary defense efforts, near-Earth object close approaches, and other timely facts about comets and asteroids that could pose an impact hazard with Earth. Here is what we’ve found so far.

Article8 months ago

From Impact to Innovation: A Year of Science and Triumph for Historic DART Mission

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From Impact to Innovation: A Year of Science and Triumph for Historic DART Mission

Article8 months ago

Near-Earth Asteroids as of August 2023

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Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun like the planets with orbits that come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit. NASA established the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) to manage the agency’s ongoing efforts in…

Article9 months ago

DART Mission Recognized with New AIAA Award for Aerospace Excellence

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NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test​ (DART) was recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with the organization’s newest award — the AIAA Award for Aerospace Excellence — at the AIAA Awards Gala, Thursday, May 18, at the…

Article1 year ago

NASA Releases Agency Strategy for Planetary Defense to Safeguard Earth

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To help guide NASA’s efforts over the next decade, the agency today released its Planetary Defense Strategy and Action Plan.

Article1 year ago

Johns Hopkins APL’s DART Lead Ed Reynolds Named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

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Ed Reynolds, a program manager in the Space Exploration Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, has been named to the 2023 TIME 100 list of most influential people.

Article1 year ago

DART Team Earns National Space Club and Foundation Aerospace Award

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In recognition of its successful completion of the world’s first planetary defense test mission, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has earned the National Space Club and Foundation’s Nelson P. Jackson Aerospace Award, which honors the previous year’s most outstanding…

Article1 year ago