Asteroids and Comets News


Mission Press Releases

  • Comet Gateway Discovered to Inner Solar System, May Alter Fundamental Understanding of Comet Evolution
    University of Central Florida - Thursday, September 19, 2019
    Posted on: 9/19/2019 10:15:10 PM PDT

  • Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers
    University of Arizona - Monday, August 19, 2019
    Posted on: 8/19/2019 10:37:44 PM PDT

  • 'Oumuamua interstellar object was not an alien spacecraft
    National Science Foundation - Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Posted on: 7/20/2019 7:28:00 PM PDT

  • Asteroid Day To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary with Thousands of Events Planned Worldwide to Raise Awareness about Asteroids, 27-30 June 2019
    Asteroid Day - Friday, June 21, 2019
    Posted on: 6/21/2019 7:40:31 PM PDT

  • Space Mission to Chase Comet Will Be Led by UK Scientists
    UK Space Agency - Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Posted on: 6/20/2019 4:07:22 PM PDT

  • Scientists Planning Now for Asteroid Flyby a Decade Away
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Monday, April 29, 2019
    Posted on: 4/29/2019 9:19:09 PM PDT

  • NASA Invites Media to Learn More About Near-Earth Asteroids, Comets
    NASA HQ - Thursday, April 25, 2019
    Posted on: 4/25/2019 11:43:29 PM PDT

  • NASA, FEMA, International Partners Plan Asteroid Impact Exercise
    NASA HQ - Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Posted on: 4/24/2019 8:33:07 PM PDT

  • SwRI to conduct largest-ever Hubble survey of the Kuiper Belt
    Southwest Research Institute - Tuesday, April 2, 2019
    Posted on: 4/2/2019 5:59:13 PM PDT

  • OSIRIS-REx Spies on the Weird, Wild Gravity of an Asteroid
    University of Colorado at Boulder - Friday, March 22, 2019
    Posted on: 3/22/2019 10:37:16 PM PDT

  • OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Studies Asteroid Bennu Up Close
    University of Arizona - Friday, March 22, 2019
    Posted on: 3/22/2019 10:36:10 PM PDT

  • Curtin University Crater Hunters Score Meteoric Hole-in-One
    Curtin University - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Posted on: 3/5/2019 3:57:37 PM PDT

  • World’s best telescopes target asteroids for ESA’s Hera mission
    European Space Agency - Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Posted on: 3/5/2019 3:55:30 PM PDT

  • SwRI-led New Horizons research indicates small objects are surprisingly rare in the Kuiper Belt
    Southwest Research Institute - Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Posted on: 2/28/2019 8:53:00 PM PDT

  • Simulating meteorite impacts in the lab
    Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY - Friday, February 1, 2019
    Posted on: 2/1/2019 4:26:36 PM PDT

  • Media Briefings, Online Coverage of Ultima Thule Flyby
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - Monday, December 31, 2018
    Posted on: 12/31/2018 3:56:17 PM PDT

  • Watch Comet 46P/Wirtanen as It Nears Earth
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - Friday, December 14, 2018
    Posted on: 12/14/2018 8:51:56 PM PDT

  • Detective mission to characterize and trace the history of a new African meteorite
    University of the Witwatersrand - Sunday, December 9, 2018
    Posted on: 12/9/2018 10:58:31 PM PDT

  • The threat of Centaurs for the Earth
    University of Vienna - Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    Posted on: 10/9/2018 3:23:44 PM PDT

  • Four Extremely Young Asteroid Families Identified
    FAPESP - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Posted on: 9/25/2018 1:00:06 PM PDT

  • Mission Status Releases

  • Sending a Spacecraft to Interstellar Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - September 16, 2019
    Posted on: 9/16/2019 11:30:03 PM PDT

  • Interstellar comet 2I/Borisov
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - September 13, 2019
    Posted on: 9/13/2019 11:03:13 PM PDT

  • A Real-Time Search for Interstellar Impacts on the Moon
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 26, 2019
    Posted on: 8/26/2019 1:50:42 PM PDT

  • GAUSS -- A Sample Return Mission to Ceres
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 21, 2019
    Posted on: 8/22/2019 12:18:37 AM PDT

  • Comet C/2018 V1 (Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto): dislodged from the Oort Cloud or coming from interstellar space?
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 8, 2019
    Posted on: 8/8/2019 3:29:57 PM PDT

  • Cometary Plasma Science -- A White Paper in response to the Voyage 2050 Call by the European Space Agency
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 2, 2019
    Posted on: 8/2/2019 7:29:37 PM PDT

  • Enhanced Kinetic Impactor for Deflecting Large-scale Potentially Hazardous Asteroids via Maneuvering Space Rocks
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - July 26, 2019
    Posted on: 7/26/2019 2:27:12 PM PDT

  • Q-type asteroids: Possibility of non-fresh weathered surfaces
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - July 22, 2019
    Posted on: 7/22/2019 12:41:54 PM PDT

  • The Natural History of 'Oumuamua
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - July 4, 2019
    Posted on: 7/4/2019 8:26:18 PM PDT

  • Galactic Tide and Local Stellar Perturbations on the Oort Cloud: Creation of Interstellar Comets
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - June 26, 2019
    Posted on: 6/26/2019 3:06:41 PM PDT

  • New Report Says That Space-Based Infrared Telescopes Should Be Used to Detect Near-Earth Asteroids
    National Academy of Sciences - June 19, 2019
    Posted on: 6/19/2019 2:49:24 PM PDT

  • Exocometary Science
    - April 8, 2019
    Posted on: 4/8/2019 1:57:39 PM PDT

  • Haumea's Shape and Composition
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - April 1, 2019
    Posted on: 4/2/2019 12:59:49 AM PDT

  • Asteroid pairs: a complex picture
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 17, 2019
    Posted on: 1/18/2019 1:49:15 AM PDT

  • Overview of initial results from the reconnaissance flyby of a Kuiper Belt planetesimal: 2014 MU69
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 9, 2019
    Posted on: 1/10/2019 2:15:42 AM PDT

  • Turning up the heat on `Oumuamua
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 3, 2019
    Posted on: 1/4/2019 1:39:21 AM PDT

  • Evaluation of Mother-Daughter Architectures for Asteroid Belt Exploration
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - January 3, 2019
    Posted on: 1/4/2019 1:02:28 AM PDT

  • Crater Density Predictions for New Horizons flyby target 2014 MU69
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - December 26, 2018
    Posted on: 12/27/2018 2:11:51 AM PDT

  • How Many Hydrated NEOs Are There?
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - December 9, 2018
    Posted on: 12/9/2018 11:02:50 PM PDT

  • Experiments on cometary activity: ejection of dust aggregates from a sublimating water-ice surface
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - November 26, 2018
    Posted on: 11/26/2018 3:38:51 PM PDT