UN adopts Asteroid Defense Policy

Oct 31

The first-ever international contingency plan for defending Earth against an asteroid strike will be implemented following the recent U.N. General Assembly meeting. Measures to coordinate detection and response to asteroid strikes will be put into place with the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Network.

Image: Alamy

The International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) will comprise of scientists, observatories, and space agencies around the planet to pool information about newly discovered asteroids.

Astronauts talk about defending Earth from Asteroids

Oct 28

On October 25th, five astronauts from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) prompted the international community on the need to defend Earth from asteroids. The panel discussion, moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, took place just ahead of the United Nations meeting to urge them to adopt an asteroid defense plan.

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Former NASA astronauts,

Asteroid to hit Earth in 2032?

Oct 21

An asteroid that sailed past Earth last month is said to return much closer in 19 years.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The asteroid known as 2013 TV135 came within 6.7 million kilometers (or about 17 times as far away as the moon) of Earth, said NASA. The asteroid was discovered by Ukrainian astronomers just 10 days ago; well after its close encounter with Earth on September 16. While astronomers believe that

Chelyabinsk meteorite is recovered out of Lake Chebarkul

Oct 17

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.