Ironically, asteroid 2012 DA14 flew past the Earth this afternoon from 17,150 miles away—the closest distance in decades.
His game lasts until his final ship has either collided with an asteroid or lost a shootout with an enemy saucer.
From algae-powered ships to a rendezvous with an asteroid, see five of the most exciting science and tech projects in the plan.
Also, I wanted to know: what are the odds, exactly, that an asteroid will hit the planet and usher in a global dark age?
The Tunguska asteroid event was so unusual that witnesses believed it was a visitation from a vengeful god.
The question was, would the Connie try to set his ship down on the asteroid?
I was convinced that his body was still somewhere on this asteroid.
Now there was only one thin pair of wires stretching between his ship and the drill on the asteroid.
No chart can keep up to the microsecond on these asteroid movements.
And they were doing a little target practice with plastic bubbles only a few miles above the asteroid.
Any of numerous small, often irregularly shaped rocky bodies that orbit the Sun primarily in the asteroid belt, a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids are intermediate in size between planets and meteoroids; the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt is Ceres, approximately 1,000 km (620 mi) in diameter, while the lower limit is variously given in the tens or hundreds of meters. While more than 1,800 asteroids have been cataloged, and as many as a million or more smaller ones may exist, their total mass has been estimated to be less than three percent of the Moon's. Asteroids are thought to be left over from the early formation of the solar system, when planetesimals in a protoplanetary disk were scattered after coming under Jupiter's gravitational influence. The continuing collision of planetesimals that remained between Jupiter and Mars caused many of them to fragment, creating the asteroids that exist today. Also called minor planet, planetoid.