The upcoming mission to lasso an asteroid could also reveal how to deflect Earth-bound space rocks.
NASA's asteroid redirect mission will help place astronaut boots on the ground, space agency officials said during an event this week.
Bitcoin, the electronic peer-to-peer currency that sidesteps more traditional methods of payment, is about to be launched into space. Continue reading →
The peanut-shaped asteroid that the Japanese Hyabusa mission visited in 2005 appears to be two asteroids that merged to form Itokawa's weird form.
A crowd-funding campaign to include public participation in a planned privately owned asteroid-hunting telescope was closing in on the halfway point of a $1 million goal -- in its first day. Continue reading →
Humans are no strangers to ravaging the land, but the stars have proven a good deal more elusive. So far, our ethical concerns have remained limited to the contamination of extraterrestrial environments, but what will the future bring? Vatican astronomer Brother Guy J. Consolmagno weighs in.