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Japanese space explorer to blow crater in asteroid

An H2-A rocket carrying space explorer Hayabusa2, lifts off from a launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, southern Japan, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.  AP

A Japanese space explorer took off Wednesday on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth.

Posted: December 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

A meteorite contrail is seen in this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region in Russia. AP

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday

This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth


Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Asteroid named for ‘disappeared’ Argentine student

IN HER HONOR. In this undated photo released by the family of Ana Teresa Diego, the 22-year-old astronomy student who was kidnapped on Sept. 30, 1976 from the library of the National University of La Plata, Argentina during the Argentina's 1976-1983 military regime, is seen in an unknown location. The International Astronomical Union decided to name an asteroid "Anadiego" in her honor. The asteroid was discovered in 1975 by Argentine astronomer Mario Cesco and is located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, orbiting the sun every 4.1 years. (AP Photo/Courtesy of family of Ana Teresa Diego)

For 35 years, Zaida Franz has not been able to find her daughter, a girl who dreamed of becoming an astronomer and then disappeared without a trace. Now she at least has an address she can think about — out in space.

Posted: December 29th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »