Technology: Rock On: NASA releases artsy shots of 2 asteroids - NASA is filming a strange object just flying through our solar system - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

TechnologyRock On: NASA releases artsy shots of 2 asteroids

23:05  28 march  2019
23:05  28 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

NASA Releases New, High-Quality New Horizons Image of the Ultima Thule "Snowman" Asteroid

NASA Releases New, High-Quality New Horizons Image of the Ultima Thule This new image highlights all kinds of features that weren't visible in the initial images. The New Horizons spacecraft got famous for its Pluto flyby in 2015, but here in 2019, it’s been making discoveries that are just as fascinating. On New Year’s Day, New Horizons flew past a distant asteroid orbiting far beyond Pluto, which NASA is calling Ultima Thule. The day after the flyby, NASA released an image of the asteroid that revealed it to be snowman-shaped. Now they’re releasing an even higher-quality image showing all of Ultima Thule’s tiny details and explaining some of its mysteries.

Rock On: NASA releases artsy shots of 2 asteroids © The Associated Press This combination of Dec. 2, 2018 photos made available by NASA shows a set of stereoscopic images of a large, 170-foot (52-meter) boulder that juts from asteroid Bennu's southern hemisphere and the rocky slopes that surround it. The 3D images were captured by the Osiris-Rex spacecraft. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has released a pair of artsy shots of two little asteroids.

Thursday's picture shows an asteroid coming apart at its dusty seams, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope . Two long comet-like tails are streaming from asteroid Gault, a 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) world that's spinning so fast it's shedding.

5 times asteroids got dangerously close to Earth

5 times asteroids got dangerously close to Earth Here are five times objects in space got a little too close to Earth for comfort.

Photos released Wednesday focus on the even smaller space rock Bennu. The 3D images taken by NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft , flying alongside Bennu, show a jagged boulder that's 170 feet (52 meters) across.

A real-life rocker helped create these stereo images: Queen's lead guitarist Brian May. May, who's also an astrophysicist, joined the science team in January. He also is collaborating on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past the most distant object ever explored, Ultima Thule, on New Year's Day.

Read More

Over 20,000 known asteroids now cruise the cosmos near Earth.
The official count of near-Earth objects has reached a major milestone.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!