spacetoday.net: space news from around the web

Explore Mars event
Small asteroid passes near Earth
Posted: Thu, Jan 14, 2010, 6:37 AM ET (1137 GMT)
A small object believed to be an asteroid passed near the Earth Wednesday. The object, 2010 AL30, came within 122,000 kilometers of the Earth at 7:46 am EST (1246 GMT) Wednesday. The object had been discovered just Sunday. There had been some speculation that the object might be a spent rocket stage from a previous launch, such as for ESA's Venus Express mission, but scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it's more likely, given the object's orbit, that it is an asteroid about 10-15 meters across. Such objects pass closer to the Earth than the Moon's orbit about once a week, and if it had been on a collision course it would have burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Delta 4 launches space surveillance satellites
Posted: Tue, Jul 29 5:07 AM ET (0907 GMT)

Control of Russian research satellite restored
Posted: Sun, Jul 27 2:07 PM ET (1807 GMT)

Delta 4 launch rescheduled for Monday
Posted: Sun, Jul 27 1:56 PM ET (1756 GMT)

news links
Tuesday, July 29
NZ company to launch ground-breaking rocket
TVNZ — 7:41 pm ET (2341 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list