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This weekend, how to see the Eta Aquarids meteor shower

The Eta Aquarids, one of spring’s busiest meteor showers, will peak this weekend. Simply step outside and look to the southern night sky to see the “shooting stars.”

The Eta Aquarids reached their peak on Friday morning (May 6), and they will continue to shine brightly in the coming days, with up to 30 meteors per hour possible. These meteors are also notable for their high speed, reaching 148,000 mph (just over 238,000 km/h) as they enter our atmosphere, according to NASA.

Halley’s Comet (1P/Halley), a short-period comet that passes through the inner solar system every 75 to 76 years and will pass by again in about 2061, is the source of the shooting stars. The comet leaves behind its own calling card during these visits: a debris trail of dust grains that Earth passes through every May. The debris that collides with our atmosphere will burn up harmlessly before reaching the ground.

This meteor shower is best seen from the Southern Hemisphere or around the equator, but meteors can still be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, according to Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office director at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

“It will be interesting to see if the rates are low this year, or if we will get a spike in numbers before next year’s forecast outburst,” Cooke said in a NASA blog post on Wednesday (May 3).

After the moon has set, head outside around 3 a.m. local time for the finest meteor viewing. While the meteors begin around the celestial equator in the constellation Aquarius, it’s best to look at the sky’s zenith (straight up) to view as many as possible.

To avoid neck strain, choose a safe place and bring a lawn chair. According to NASA, move away from as many lights as possible and attempt to get outside at least 20 minutes before you plan to start meteor-hunting to allow your eyes to acclimate to the dark. Apply a red filter or red tape to your phone or flashlight to prevent your night vision from being ruined.

Astrophotographers who want to catch meteors can check out our sister site, Space.com, for a beginner’s guide. If possible, practise snapping images at night before the event starts so you can double-check your settings and ensure the shots are coming out as you want. Have fun searching!

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The first Black woman to join the crew of ISS arrives on a SpaceX mission

A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts, including the first Black woman to join the crew of the International Space Station, docked with the station smoothly Wednesday evening, setting off a five-month mission.

After a pre-dawn launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:52 a.m. ET, the astronauts had spent 16 hours circling aboard their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. At 7:37 p.m. ET, the capsule, which is entirely autonomous, circled the Earth more than ten times before getting closer to the ISS and docking with one of the space station’s docking ports. The hatch on the spacecraft, which provides a safe airlock between the capsule and the space station, was opened 90 minutes later, allowing the astronauts to exit the ship and enter the International Space Station for the first time.

After completing the first all-private voyage to the space station for affluent paying customers on Monday, this mission, dubbed Crew-4, signals a return to the crewed launches that SpaceX performs in collaboration with NASA.

NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, and Jessica Watkins, as well as Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti flying for the European Space Agency, are on board.

Everything you need to know about Crew-4 is right here.

What defines this flight as historic?

Jessica Watkins is the first Black woman to join the crew of the International Space Station for an extended period of time.

Despite the fact that more than a dozen Black Americans, including four Black women, have travelled to space since Guion Bluford became the first in 1983, no Black woman has had the opportunity to live and work in space for an extended period of time, as the International Space Station has allowed more than 200 astronauts to do since 2000.

“This is certainly an important milestone I think both for our [space] agency and for the country,” Watkins said during a press briefing last month. “I think it really is just a tribute to the legacy of the black women astronauts that have come before me as well as to the exciting future ahead.” 

She began her career with NASA as an intern, and she has previously worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where she worked on the Curiosity Mars rover. She has researched the surface of Mars as a certified geologist.

Watkins is known among her crew members as “Watty.”

Is there anyone else on this mission?

The crew of this mission is one of the first to have an equal number of women and men.

Cristoforetti is the only woman in the ESA astronaut corps, having previously flown to the ISS in 2014-2015. Last month, though, Cristoforetti assured reporters that the situation was “bound to end very soon.”

“We definitely expect to to have some some great female [ESA] colleagues by the end of the year,” she added.

Cristoforetti joined ESA in 2009 after serving in the Italian Air Force and earning her fighter pilot wings.

Hines is a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force, and this is his first trip to space since joining NASA’s astronaut corps in 2017.

Lindgren, the mission’s commander, is an emergency medical specialist who worked as a flight surgeon on the ground at NASA’s Johnson Space Center supporting earlier astronaut missions before being chosen to fly himself. Lindgren was born in Taiwan and spent most of his childhood in England before relocating to the United States and enrolling in the United States Air Force Academy.

This group of four astronauts spent months training together and even found time to bond outside of the classroom. “just to get to spend some time getting to know each other and understanding how we all function…and what makes each of us tick, and I think that’s going to be really crucial,” Watkins said of their kayaking trip in Eastern Washington.

“We get along great. It is just such a joy to have these folks on this team ” Lindgren continued.

How did they get to space in the first place?

The crew went aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which has now launched seven crewed flights since entering service in 2020.

Despite the fact that the Crew Dragon was designed to be reusable and that three capsules have already been deployed, Crew-4 is riding on a brand new spaceship called “Freedom.”

SpaceX created the Crew Dragon as part of NASA’s “Commercial Crew Program” under a $2.6 billion contract. The program’s goal was to turn NASA into a client, allowing private companies to design, produce, and test new spacecraft for NASA astronauts while still retaining ownership of the vehicle.

Because SpaceX owns the vehicle, it may sell seats to anyone it wants, as evidenced by the all-private mission that the firm recently completed and a previous space tourism mission that launched in September of last year.

The initiative was rated a success by NASA, and the space agency is using the same contracting process for many spacecraft participating in its moon exploration projects.

What will they do once they reach space?

The crew will catch up with the seven astronauts already aboard the ISS, including three NASA astronauts and an ESA astronaut who were part of SpaceX’s Crew-3 mission, as well as three Russian cosmonauts, now that they’ve arrived.

Before Crew-3 goes home aboard their own SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, there will be a five-day handover period during which the Crew-3 astronauts will assist the Crew-4 astronauts in settling in.

The Crew-4 astronauts will then get down to business with all of the science experiments and space station maintenance tasks on their to-do list.

According to NASA, “Experiments will include studies on the aging of immune systems, organic material concrete alternatives, and cardiorespiratory effects during and after long-duration exposure to microgravity.” “These are just some of the more than 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations that will take place during their mission.”

Crew-4 is scheduled to return to Earth in September, shortly after SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission is launched.

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Trump wins GOP presidential nomination straw poll at CPAC in 2024, with DeSantis coming in second

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering in Florida last weekend, former President Donald Trump decisively won the GOP presidential nomination straw poll for 2024.

According to the results of the anonymous online straw poll released by CPAC on Sunday afternoon, Trump, who has often flirted with a presidential run in 2024 to try to reclaim the White House, received 59 percent of the votes cast.

In the CPAC Orlando straw poll a year ago, the former president, who remains the most popular and important figure in the Republican Party and continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP primaries, received 55 percent approval. In a 2024 straw poll conducted last July at CPAC in Dallas, Trump received 70% approval.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finished in second in the latest poll, with 28 percent of the vote, up from 21 percent in both CPAC straw polls last year. No one else on the ballot, out of the 19 candidates, got more than 2%.

Trump’s strong showing in the informal poll is unsurprising. Since Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory, CPAC, the largest and most powerful conservative gathering, has become a Trump-fest.

Trump spokeswoman Taylor Budowich praised the former president on Twitter, saying that he “continues to grow the conservative MAGA movement, which includes growing his political dominance.”

DeSantis, a first-term governor who gained national acclaim for his opposition to lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak, handily won a second 2024 ballot question — this time without Trump on the ballot.

On that question, DeSantis received 61 percent of the vote, with two-thirds of Trump supporters choosing the Florida governor.

Mike Pompeo, who served as the CIA director and then as Secretary of State under the Trump administration, came in second with 6.3 percent, followed by Donald Trump, Jr. with 5.9 percent. Both Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who competed for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, received 3.3 percent of the vote.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received 3.1 percent of the vote, while former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as the Trump administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, received 2.1 percent. Without Trump, no other contender on the ballot received more than 2% of the vote.

The straw poll was voted on by nearly 2,500 conference attendees, according to CPAC.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster was launched into space four years ago. What happened to it?

Four years ago this week, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket, launched from Florida and tore into space, carrying nothing but Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster.

The cherry red sports car — driven by a spacesuit-clad mannequin nicknamed “Starman” — is still orbiting the sun, taking a lonely, oblong orbital route that takes it as far as Mars’ orbit and as close as Earth’s orbit at times.

The automobile isn’t on a scientific expedition. SpaceX needed a dummy payload for this test launch, and Musk previously stated that he intended it to be the “silliest thing we can imagine.” As a result, he chose his own high-end Tesla roadster.

According to the tracking website whereisroadster, which uses NASA’s data to maintain track of the automobile, the roadster was around 234 million miles from Earth and roughly 200 million miles from Mars as of Monday, crossing through a no-land man’s of deep space.

According to Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the roadster is more than likely still intact, but it has likely been damaged by meteoroids throughout its journey across space.

According to the website, the roadster has gone about 2 billion miles and performed around 2.6 laps around the sun in the last four years, primarily through a desolate, empty vacuum.

However, it will occasionally approach other celestial objects. The spaceship made its closest approach to Mars in 2020, travelling within 5 million miles of the planet — roughly 20 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

According to NASA, the roadster won’t get close to another planet until 2035, when it will pass by Mars once more. In 2047 and 2050, it will make two passes within a few million kilometres of Earth.

According to one research publication, the chances of the automobile colliding with the Earth within the next 15 million years are roughly 22%. The chances of it colliding with Venus or the Sun are each 12 %.

Hanno Rein, an astrophysics professor at the University of Toronto who co-authored the research, told CNN Business that those aren’t extremely high probability.

It’s difficult to forecast exactly what direction the Tesla will take because of the complicated and unpredictable aspects of space travel. Astronomers aren’t interested in focusing their high-powered telescopes in the direction of the roadster’s journey because there isn’t much scientific value in examining it, according to Rein. The roadster was last seen in March 2018, roughly a month after it was released, according to Rein.

If the automobile does end up colliding with Earth, you can only pray it is ripped to shreds when it smacks into the planet’s thick atmosphere. (Spacecraft colliding with Earth are fairly common, and most of them burn up in the atmosphere upon impact.) Such impacts are uncommon in inhabited areas.)

The roadster’s ultimate destiny is unlikely to be known for millions of years. Musk, for one, stated in 2018 that he expects humanity will have built settlements on other planets in the solar system by the time his “descendants will be able to drag [the roadster] back to a museum.”

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The Importance of Fire Watch Guards

It’s horrifying just imagining the aftermath of any accidental fire. There are damages to the property, cost of repair, and even the possibility of life loss. Though many business owners and managers rely on fire alarm systems, there are other options to be assured that there is a low risk of fire. One of them is availing the service of fire watch guards.

It is nice to know that some companies or establishments put fire prevention measures on top of their priorities. Though we know that some other events or situations can damage or put the business down, protection against fire should be seen as an important preventive measure. Given that the world is still in a state of pandemic, some may not see the importance of fire watch guards.

Who is a Fire Watch Guard?

Aside from offering their service as security guards, the fire watch guards can also assist in maintaining some fire equipment. One of their top duties is to identify fire hazards ensuring that there will be no fire – no matter how small or big it is. As they ensure the safety of the property area, they also have proper documentation of the events throughout the day.

How Fire Watch Guards are Important

Even if a pandemic is present, Fire Watch Guards are essential. Their primary goal is to prevent a fire from spreading and posing serious threats such as property damage and loss of life. These guards play an essential function in preventing any possible loss.

Identifying fire hazards

Identifying fire threats before they occur is one of the most important aspects of fire management and prevention. A typical office structure includes many types of combustible components, making it the ideal combination for a fire. Common fire threats are old wirings, heating equipment, and flammable items. The materials that create fires are well-known to fire watch guards. They can conduct property walkthroughs to identify the elements that contribute to the spread of a fire. They will help improve the overall environment after their examination that will eliminate or reduce the property’s fire risk.

Avoiding fires.

This is the top priority of these security guards once they are hired. Some company, multi-residential, and commercial property owners are required by law in many states to hire fire watch guards to patrol their properties. Failure to hire a guard could result in the company being held accountable for breaking state fire control and safety rules. Fire watch guards will serve thinking of the business’s best interests.

Other essential tasks of the fire watch guards are maintenance of fire protection systems and patrolling the area, which includes monitoring and documentation. Any business that is at risk of fire will benefit from having a fire watch guard. They are critical to the effectiveness of fire safety systems, which protect the lives and livelihoods of most properties and businesses. This highly qualified and experienced personnel, in whom you can place your trust, can help you avoid the unthinkable damage that fires may cause.

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Lunar New Year 2022: Google doodle welcomes the ‘Year of the Tiger’

Today’s Doodle celebrates the Year of the Tiger on the first day of the Lunar New Year, known colloquially as Tt in Vietnam, with spring flowers, traditional delicacies, and an air of anticipation for what’s to come. The tiger is a symbol of bravery and strength. Tt is regarded the first day of spring in Vietnam, despite the fact that it occurs more than a month before the vernal equinox.

This new beginning corresponds with a number of customs aimed at ensuring good fortune in the following year: old quarrels are settled, residences are cleaned from top to bottom, and red and yellow (the day’s lucky colours) decorations cover everything from temples to city streets.

To celebrate the new year, traditional delicacies of all forms and sizes are prepared. Bánh tét, a cylindrical sticky rice cake, is ubiquitous in southern Vietnam, while Bánh chng, its square cousin, is particularly popular in the north. Fruits such as bananas, oranges, coconuts, kumquats, and apples can be found on the Mâm ng qu five-fruit tray. This tray represents five benefits (money, luxury, long life, health, and safety) as well as five elements (metal, wood, water, fire, and earth) that are all considered lucky.

While all of these traditions are important to Tt celebrations, the first person to enter a house after the clock strikes midnight on the new year is considered to bring the year’s luck with them.

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

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SpaceX postpones the launch of rocket carrying an Italian satellite because to adverse weather

For the second day in a row, Mother Nature has prevented a SpaceX launch.

The Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite was supposed to launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday evening (Jan. 27), but thick clouds and strong winds prompted a 24-hour delay.

Today’s (Jan. 28) effort was again cancelled due to terrible weather, so it’s now a 48-hour push.

During a livestream of today’s launch attempt, SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson remarked, “We were hopeful that weather conditions were going to improve for liftoff, but unfortunately we are standing down from today’s attempt.” “The vehicle and the payload remain in good health, and our next launch opportunity is tomorrow at 6:11 p.m. Eastern time.”

You may watch Saturday’s (Jan. 29) attempt live on Space.com or directly via SpaceX, which will involve a landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage at Cape Canaveral immediately after liftoff. The webcasts for SpaceX usually begin 15 to 20 minutes before liftoff.

According to a forecast from the US Space Force’s Delta 45 group, there’s an 80 percent likelihood of good weather at Cape Canaveral on Saturday, with the only worries being winds at liftoff and upper-level wind shear.

The Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defense, and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Scientific Research collaborated on Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation. The system consists of two satellites that use synthetic aperture radar to study the Earth (SAR).

The first of these satellites was launched on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket in December 2019. CSG-1 is a spacecraft that orbits Earth in a sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 385 miles (620 kilometers). When CSG-2 lifts off from the ground, it will follow in the footsteps of CSG-1.

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Stephen Breyer, a Justice of the Supreme Court, will step down

According to those familiar with Justice Stephen Breyer’s thinking, he will leave the Supreme Court at the end of the current term.

A source familiar says that President Joe Biden and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will appear together at the White House on Thursday to announce Breyer’s retirement.

Breyer is one of the three surviving liberal justices on the court, and his decision to retire after more than 27 years on the bench allows Biden to pick a replacement who may serve for decades while keeping the existing 6-3 split between conservative and liberal justices in the short term.

Breyer is the court’s oldest member, at the age of 83. For months, liberal activists have pressured him to step down while Democrats control both the White House and the Senate, a situation that could alter after the November midterm elections. They claimed that despite her history of health issues, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lingered on too long and should have resigned during the Obama administration.

Ginsburg’s death from illness at the age of 87 allowed then-President Donald Trump to appoint Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement, bringing the Supreme Court even further to the right. Breyer’s seat on the liberal wing of the court may be secured by a Biden nomination for years or decades.

In brief remarks to the press on Wednesday, Biden stated that he will defer to Breyer in announcing his resignation.

He said, “Let him make whatever comment he wants, and I’ll be happy to talk about it later.”

In a Washington Post op-ed piece published in May, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, urged Breyer to resign, writing that there are times “when the stewards of our system must put the good of an institution they love, and of the country they love, above their own interests. They have to recognize that no one, not even a brilliant justice, is irreplaceable, and that the risks presented by remaining are more than hypothetical.”

On the campaign trail, Biden stated that he would appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Following Breyer’s announcement, there was an outpouring of statements urging him to go through with it. Last year, the progressive group Demand Justice leased a truck to drive through Washington with a billboard that read: “Breyer Retire. It’s time for a Black woman Supreme Court justice .”

Former Breyer legal clerk U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and Leondra Kruger, a justice on California’s Supreme Court, are among the likely candidates.

Jackson, a former Washington district court judge, was nominated to the United States Circuit Court by Biden and confirmed by the Senate in mid-June on a 53-44 vote that included three Republicans. She took over for Merrick Garland, who left the appeals court to become Vice President Joe Biden’s attorney general.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, was one of the first to issue a statement on the announcement of Breyer’s impending retirement, urging Biden to keep his promise to pick a Black woman as the next justice.

“The court should reflect the diversity of our country, and it is unacceptable that we have never in our nation’s history had a Black woman sit on the Supreme Court of the United States — I want to change that,” she stated.

In a tweet, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, echoed those thoughts, saying Biden had the chance to offer “diversity, experience, and an evenhanded approach to the administration of justice.”

Biden’s nomination would “receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed,” according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“America owes Justice Breyer an enormous debt of gratitude,” Schumer continued.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican who voted for Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, predicted that if Democrats “hang together,” as he expected, they will be able to replace Breyer without the need for a single Republican vote.

“Elections have consequences, and that is most evident when it comes to fulfilling vacancies on the Supreme Court,” Graham said in a statement.

Despite appeals from some Biden supporters to increase the number of Supreme Court seats to counteract the court’s current conservative lean, Breyer indicated in March that doing so would jeopardise public trust in the court. He advised supporters of court cramming to “think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.”

Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and became one of the court’s moderate-to-liberal members, but he frequently stated that such labels are unhelpful.

Breyer felt that constitutional interpretation should be based on practical issues that change with time. This put him at odds with conservative justices who believe the court should be guided by the founders’ original purpose.

“The reason that I do that is because law in general, I think, grows out of communities of people who have some problems they want to solve,” he explained in an interview.

In 2000, Breyer authored the court’s ruling overturning a state law prohibiting some late-term abortions, and seven years later, he dissented when the Supreme Court upheld a similar federal legislation established by Congress. Affirmative action and other civil rights initiatives were important to him. In a well publicised dissent in 2015, he stated that the death sentence in the United States had grown so arbitrary that it was likely unconstitutional.

Biden is expected to move quickly to name a replacement who will be ready to take over when the new session of the Supreme Court begins on Oct. 3. Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has firsthand experience with the confirmation process.

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How to watch the launch of 2,000th Starlink satellite by SpaceX on Today

SpaceX is looking to set a fast pace for launches in 2022, with its third Falcon 9 mission of the month planned to launch on Tuesday evening from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

This will be Starlink’s second mission of the year, with 49 of the company’s low-earth orbit flying broadband routers set to launch approximately 15 minutes after launch.

According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell’s data, this mission will bring the total number of Starlinks launched, including the initial ones to reach orbit, to over 2,000 for the first time.

However, as Elon Musk recently pointed out on Twitter, a lot of those satellites have been de-orbited or are no longer operational.

Laser links on this current round of satellites will allow the Starlinks to communicate in orbit, reducing the need for multiple, expensive ground stations.

The Falcon 9 rocket that will lift the satellite will be flying for the ninth time, having previously launched a GPS satellite, a Turkish communications satellite, a smallsat rideshare mission, and six earlier Starlink flights.

In less than 10 minutes after launch, the rocket will land on the droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. This mission’s nose cone is also reused from prior Starlink missions.

The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed until the following day due to better weather conditions.

As is usual, SpaceX will broadcast the entire launch beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff at 4:04 p.m. PT.

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Next week, a 3,400-foot-wide asteroid will make a safe flyby of Earth

Next week, a massive asteroid will fly safely by our planet.

According to a statement from NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, the asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) will make its closest approach to our planet on Jan. 18 at 4:51 p.m. EST (2151 GMT).

The 3,400-foot (1-kilometer) asteroid will fly by our planet at a high speed of roughly 12 miles per second (20 kilometres per second) at its closest approach, according to the table. According to EarthSky, this will be a safe pass and the asteroid’s closest approach to Earth in the next 200 years at this distance.

Asteroids are space rocks that are remnants of the early solar system, when our neighbourhood was densely populated with similar objects. There are tens of thousands of asteroids, but only a small percentage of them pass close enough to be classified as near-Earth objects (NEOs). The 7482 (1994 PC1) encounter is thus representative of the hundreds of Earth flybys reported by the media each year.

According to NASA, asteroids and comets that come within 1.3 astronomical units (120.9 million miles, or 194.5 million kilometres) of Earth qualify as NEOs. Congress has directed the agency to locate and report at least 90% of all NEOs 460 feet (140 metres) and greater by the end of 2020, in response to an earlier request to find even larger objects.

While NASA has yet to achieve that goal, it does have a network of partner telescopes on the ground and in space working to detect and monitor NEOs, with the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office coordinating efforts on potentially hazardous ones. We don’t have any imminent asteroids to worry about right now, but the agency is still investigating and developing defence systems in case there are any future threats.

In the fall of 2022, NASA will launch the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a mission that will attempt to modify the path of an asteroid’s moonlet. Another mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer), is on its way from the asteroid Bennu with an asteroid sample that could benefit future asteroid composition research and defence measures.

In order to find new asteroids, NASA plans to launch NEO Surveyor, a dedicated mission, into space by 2026. According to the agency, NEO Surveyor should be able to find 90% of all NEOs 460 feet (140 metres) and greater in the ten years following its launch.