The mammoth asteroid set to fly by Earth last night just disappeared

Last night, a giant asteroid was supposed to streak by the Earth, close enough for us to catch a glimpse as it zipped by. Except it never showed, and now astronomers say they have no idea just where the 900-foot asteroid has gone. » 2/18/14 3:40pm 2/18/14 3:40pm

The UN adopts official guidelines for protecting Earth from asteroids

The United Nations has approved a set of measures to protect our planet from the dangers of incoming asteroids. The recently-adopted guidelines will correct a number of outstanding issues, including global coordination and an actual response plan. » 10/28/13 1:20pm 10/28/13 1:20pm

NASA considers plan to capture an asteroid and turn it into a space…

The White House's Office of Science and Technology is currently mulling over a proposal from Caltech scientists that describes a plan to capture a near-Earth asteroid and bring it into the moon's orbit. If approved, the $2.6 billion plan would see the development of a robotic spacecraft that would transport a 500-ton… » 1/07/13 8:00am 1/07/13 8:00am

The World needs an International Asteroid Warning System

Here's a hypothetical scenario: a mountainous asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. The world's governments are scrambling to notify their citizens. What country (countries?) should take charge? Where should people turn for instructions on how best to prepare for the impending impact? How will notifications and updates… » 6/07/12 11:31am 6/07/12 11:31am

It's Official: Planetary Resources Unveils Plans for Asteroid-Mining

A recently announced space venture backed by James Cameron, Google executives, and others isn't scheduled to formally announce its plans until later today, but as of late last night, the news is official: Planetary Resources, Inc. is fixing to do some asteroid-mining. Here's everything we know about the venture so far. » 4/24/12 7:55am 4/24/12 7:55am

Could humanity's next destination in space be a near-Earth asteroid?

The goal is to get humans to Mars by the mid-2030s, but what are the stepping stones that will get us there? Returning to the Moon gets a lot of publicity, but the better test might be a near-Earth asteroid. » 8/31/10 1:12pm 8/31/10 1:12pm