NASA and FEMA Will Simulate an Impending Asteroid Strike Next Week

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NASA, FEMA, and other national and international agencies are once again gearing up for a hypothetical asteroid impact preparedness scenario. They hope to learn the best strategies for responding to a potential strike, starting from the moment a threatening asteroid is first detected by astronomers.

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https://gizmodo.com/nasa-and-fema-will-simulate-an-impending-asteroid-strik-1834308695

New Photos Show the Surprisingly Big Crater Blasted Into Asteroid Ryugu by Japan’s Hayabusa2 Probe

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Earlier this month, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft used an explosive device to create an artificial crater on the Ryugu asteroid, but the probe couldn’t stick around to confirm the job for fear of being damaged by debris. The Japanese space agency has now confirmed the artificial crater—but it’s not exactly what they…

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https://gizmodo.com/new-photos-show-the-surprisingly-big-crater-blasted-int-1834298147

Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Blasts Artificial Crater in Asteroid Ryugu’s Surface

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed yet another intense mission: It used an explosive to blast a crater in the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This success comes after the probe briefly touched down on the asteroid in February, firing a tantalum bullet into the surface in hopes of kicking up debris.

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https://gizmodo.com/hayabusa2-spacecraft-blasts-artificial-crater-in-astero-1833825034

Wildly Spinning Asteroid Caught In the Throes of Self-Destruction

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With its long, bright tail, this object bears an uncanny resemblance to a comet, but it’s actually an active asteroid. New observations suggest the asteroid is spinning so quickly that it’s starting to break down and crumble, in what is a relatively rare cosmological phenomenon.

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https://gizmodo.com/wildly-spinning-asteroid-caught-in-the-throes-of-self-d-1833647635