Launch of the Hayabusa-2 asteroid explorer
Image credit: DLR Just weeks ago the Philae probe landed on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and now a new lander spacecraft is set ready for its journey to another new world: The Japanees Hayabusa-2 probe that is heading for asteroid 1999 JU3, build by the Japanees space agency JAXA. The Hayabusa 2 is scheduled for launch on next Sunday, November the 30th 2014. The Hayabusa-2 is the follow-up of the highly succesful Japanees Hayabusa-1
NASA publishes map on small asteroid impacts
Last week NASA published this map of the world that shows all the impacts of small asteroids onto our planet that they have recorded over the past 20 years. They have recored so called bolide events, which you might refer to as “fireball in the sky”. These bolide events happen more often than you might have though, about every other week a object of a meter or more hits the Earth and disintegrates in out
David Morrisons NEO News (22nd of November 2014)
NEW ESTIMATE OF NUMBERS OF SMALL NEAS CONFORMS TO RECENT ESTIMATE FROM BOLIDE EVENTS For more than 15 years NEO News has been quoting periodic updates from Alan Harris on the size distribution of NEAs. His synthesis of data from a variety of sources has been used as input for estimates of the risk of impacts and as a tool for evaluating the progress of NEA surveys and predicting the anticipated results from new surveys.
Gems of the Rosetta mission
Last week was one hectic week for ESA: Their Philae comet lander made its big leap from its carrier spacecraft Rosetta down to the surface of a comet; The first time that humanity achieved such an amazing feat. The craft was released on Wednesday the 12th in the morning, and reached its landing site at around 15:43 in the afternoon. This was not its final landing site however. ESA later confirmed that the Philae lander