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Today’s Solutions: July 17, 2024

Asteroid in the forefront and earth in the background.

An asteroid deflection system is planned to launch in 2025

In 2021, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was sent on a 10-month course across the solar system to slam into the small asteroid Dimorphos. The hope is for DART to change the course of the rock, testing out potential planetary defense mechanisms. The China National Space Read More...

Dinosaur Leg

Paleontologists find dinosaur fossil from the day of the asteroid

Thanks to carbon dating and a number of other scientific detecting techniques, we can sometimes see moments in time and deduce exactly what happened. It’s a little like solving a crime from 66 million years ago, and, in this case, the crime was the asteroid that killed the Read More...

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Japanese space probe returns to Earth with precious asteroid samples

In 2010, a spacecraft from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully managed to bring samples of an asteroid back to Earth, marking the first time this has ever happened in history. This month, JAXA did it all over again, returning precious samples from the asteroid Ryugu. After Read More...