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This image shows the “moonrise” of the satellite as it emerges from behind asteroid Dinkinesh as seen by the Lucy Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (L’LORRI), one of the most detailed images returned by NASA’s Lucy spacecraft during its flyby of the asteroid binary. This image was taken at 12:55 p.m. EDT (1655 UTC) Nov. 1, 2023, within a minute of closest approach, from a range of approximately 270 miles (430 km). From this perspective, the satellite is behind the primary asteroid. The image has been sharpened and processed to enhance contrast.

Nasa’s Lucy spacecraft discovers asteroid and its tiny moon during flyby

On Nov. 1, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft flew by not just its first asteroid, but its first two. The first images returned by Lucy reveal that the small main belt asteroid Dinkinesh is actually a binary pair...

A view of the outside of the OSIRIS-REx sample collector. Sample material from asteroid Bennu can be seen on the middle right. Scientists have found evidence of both carbon and water in initial analysis of this material. The bulk of the sample is located inside. Photo: NASA/Erika Blumenfeld & Joseph Aebersold

OSIRIS-REx Samples from Asteroid Bennu Revealed

OSIRIS REx Samples from Asteroid Bennu have been Revealed by NASA and show evidence of high-carbon content and water, the building blocks of life.

Final Image of Asteroid Bennu Captured by Spacecraft OSIRIS REx as it left on May 10, 2021. 360 on History

Podcast Episode 34 l Spacecraft OSIRIS REx Returns From Asteroid Bennu with Soil Samples

From the Archives: NASA's Spacecraft OSIRIS REx Leaves Asteroid Bennu with Soil Samples after orbiting it for two years. It collected them in October 2020 & is expected to drop them on Earth in 2023 b...

Final Image of Asteroid Bennu Captured by Spacecraft OSIRIS REx as it left on May 10, 2021. 360 on History

Spacecraft OSIRIS REx On Its Way From Asteroid Bennu with Soil Samples

NASA's Spacecraft OSIRIS REx Leaves Asteroid Bennu with Soil Samples after orbiting it for two years. It collected them in October 2020 & is expected to drop them on Earth in 2023 before continuing to...

The bright white object at lower left is the asteroid Dimorphos. It has a blue dust tail extending diagonally to the upper right. A cluster of blue dots surrounds the asteroid. These are boulders that were knocked off the asteroid when, on 26 September 2022, NASA deliberately slammed the half-tonne DART impactor spacecraft into the asteroid as a test of what it would take to deflect some future asteroid from hitting Earth. Hubble photographed the slow-moving boulders in December 2022.] Credit: NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA)

Hubble spots boulder debris ejected by asteroid impact mission

Astronomers have discovered a swarm of boulders ejected from asteroid Dimorphos after it was impacted by the DART spacecraft. The 37 boulders, which range in size from 1 meter to 6.7 meters across, we...

The International Space Station in orbit above Earth

The International Space Station and 22 Years of Human Occupation

The International Space Station celebrates its 22nd anniversary of continuous human habitation. The ISS has been continuously occupied since 2000, and thousands of experiments have been conducted ther...

This mosaic is composed of images covering the entire sky, taken by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) as part of WISE’s 2012 All-Sky Data Release. By observing the entire sky, WISE can search for faint objects, like distant galaxies, or survey groups of cosmic objects. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

Spacecraft Takes 12-Year Time-Lapse Movie of Entire Sky To Create Mosaic

This brilliant image is a mosaic composed of images covering the entire sky, taken by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) as part of WISE’s 2012 All-Sky Data Release. By observing the entir...

Astronomers think GRB 221009A represents the birth of a new black hole formed within the heart of a collapsing star. In this illustration, the black hole drives powerful jets of particles traveling near the speed of light. The jets pierce through the star, emitting X-rays and gamma rays as they stream into space. Credit: NASA/Swift/Cruz deWilde

NASA’s Swift, Fermi Missions Detect Exceptional Cosmic Blast

NASA’s Swift, Fermi Missions Detect Exceptional Cosmic Blast as a gamma-ray burst (GRB) – the most powerful class of explosions in the universe visited us. Astronomers think it represents the birth cr...

This imagery from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope from Oct. 8, 2022, shows the debris blasted from the surface of Dimorphos 285 hours after the asteroid was intentionally impacted by NASA’s DART spacecraft on Sept. 26. The shape of that tail has changed over time. Scientists are continuing to study this material and how it moves in space, in order to better understand the asteroid. Credits: NASA/ESA/STScI/Hubble

NASA deliberately crashed a spacecraft with a small asteroid and altered its course!

On September 26, 2022 NASA deliberately crashed a spacecraft with a small asteroid and altered its course!, as part of its planetary defence system.

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