Chelyabinsk meteorite is recovered out of Lake Chebarkul
Scientists weighed the chunk of the meteorite. Credit: Alexander Firsov/AP Photo/AP The space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013 injuring more than 1,000 people was recovered by divers at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul. A huge chuck of the meteorite left a 6m-wide hole in ice. It took the divers several weeks to locate the meteorite in the murky water after the icy lake has melted. On 16th October, exactly 8 months
NEOShield celebrates World Space Week 2013
The world’s largest space event occurs every year from the 4th to the 10th of October. The designated week, the World Space Week, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to commemorate two space events – the launch of Sputnik 1 on the 4th of October 1957 and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty at the UN, that governs activities in space, on the 10th of October 1967. The NEOShield team
Comet ISON fly by Mars
On its orbit toward a close encounter with the sun at around Thanksgiving, comet ISON will fly by Mars on Tuesday, October 1st. The comet will barrel past Mars at a very close 0.07 AU or 10.4 million km from the red planet. That’s approximately six times closer than it will ever come to Earth. On November 28, the icy comet will come close to the sun’s surface. If it survives to stay as a
Don Quixote is a comet, not an asteroid!
For 30 years the 3552 Don Quixote was believed to be an asteroid. Now, it appears that the third largest near-Earth object whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter is a comet. Scientists at the Northern Arizona University (ANU) have found evidence of comet activity in 3552 Don Quixote. Michael Mommert, a researcher at NAU who was a student of Prof. Dr. Alan Harris at the German Aerospace Center (Institute of Planetary Research, DLR)