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The mission study for the Asteroid Geological Explorer project is led by the Royal Observatory of Belgium and includes participation by ISAE-SUPAERO (France), Antwerp Space (Belgium), Asteroid Initiatives LLC (USA) and EMXYS (Spain).
NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge, which marks its two-year anniversary on Thursday, June 18, expands the agency's Asteroid Initiative beyond traditional boundaries by encouraging partnerships and collaboration with a variety of organizations.
The agency has 10 new projects and other related campaigns which offers opportunities for the public to partake in NASA's asteroid initiative.
To create a comprehensive asteroid map, the researchers first analyzed data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which uses a large telescope in New Mexico to take in spectral images of hundreds of thousands of galaxies.
But the asteroid will keep coming back every year and astronomers cannot rule out an impact on one of its visits.
An asteroid is formally referred to as a number in brackets followed by a name, or if newly discovered then the year of discovery, two letters and, if need be, further digits, until a formal name is agreed upon, which is selected once the orbit is determined.
Astronomers have aimed their telescopes to catch a glimpse of the 2005 YU55 asteroid, which will not be visible to the naked eye, when it makes its closest approach to Earth at 6:28 pm (1128 GMT).
Then, the heterogeneity of asteroid types is brought to the fore in a chapter dealing with the techniques used to observe and classify asteroids and what those techniques tell us about asteroid body shapes, surface structure and composition.
As they watched 2008 TC3 move across the sky, the scientists studied its mineral composition by observing how the asteroid reflected sunlight.
Earth is now at the tail end of this asteroid shower, say Bill Bottke of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Some scientists have theorized that a single, large asteroid may have hit the Yucatan Peninsula in present-day Mexico, sparking the die-off.
EUROPEAN space bosses will launch a missile strike on an asteroid to see if it can be deflected off its path.