Halloween asteroid 2015 TB145 will fly by Oct. 31 at 12 p.m. CST

Plenty of people are getting spooked by the news giant asteroid 2015 TB145 is set to buzz by Earth on Halloween night, Oct. 31. There’s no reason to worry about the space happenings on the bewitching night, according to NASA, who is keeping an eye on the space rock they’ve dubbed “The Great Pumpkin.” NASA’s […]
Plenty of people are getting spooked by the news giant asteroid 2015 TB145 is set to buzz by Earth on Halloween night, Oct. 31. There’s no reason to worry about the space happenings on the bewitching night, according to NASA, who is keeping an eye on the space rock they’ve dubbed “The Great Pumpkin.” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said they are tracking 2015 TB145 through several optical observatories as well as by radar. The asteroid will fly by the Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon’s orbit on Oct. 31 at around 12:05 p.m. CST. The asteroid, which was only discovered Oct. 10 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS-1 system, has a width of about 1,300 feet. Scientists are excited about the asteroid’s Earth close buzz since it’s the closest currently known approach by an object this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 makes its debut in August 2027. That asteroid is about 2,600 feet wide. Size aside, the Halloween space rock poses no danger to the Earth, according to NASA. “The trajectory of 2015 TB145 is well understood,” said Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.. “At the point of closest approach, it will be no closer than about 300,000 miles — 480,000 kilometers or 1.3 lunar distances. Even though that is relatively close by celestial standards, it is expected to be fairly faint, so night-sky Earth observers would need at least a small telescope to view it.” Scientists said the asteroid should have no “detectable effect” on the moon on anything on Earth, including the  tides or tectonic plates.
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Asteroid in a Bag! Obama Reveals New Plan For NASA.

Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offer a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering.  We think the news below would be of interest to our visitors.   Does President Barack Obama intend to capture an asteroid and place it into lunar orbit? It is confirmed that Obama’s forthcoming budget includes a $100 million plan […]
Not on Obama's watch, says Obama.
Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offer a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering.  We think the news below would be of interest to our visitors.   Does President Barack Obama intend to capture an asteroid and place it into lunar orbit? It is confirmed that Obama’s forthcoming budget includes a $100 million plan to tow an asteroid into moon orbit.  And this will be done for freedom—that is, for the purpose of saving the planet Earth from complete annihilation. An excerpt (emphasis mine):
Tucked inside President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget for next fiscal year is about $100 million to jump start a program scientists say is the next step towards humans establishing a permanent settlement in space. That, at least, is what U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says we’re likely to see when the White House unveils its fiscal year 2014 budget around the middle of next week. Nelson has been briefed by scientists… In a nutshell, the plan in NASA’s hands calls for catching an asteroid with a robotic spacecraft and towing it back toward Earth, where it would then be placed in a stable orbit around the moon. Next, astronauts aboard America’s Orion capsule, powered into space by a new monster rocket, would travel to the asteroid where there could be mining activities, research into ways of deflecting an asteroid from striking Earth, and testing to develop technology for a trip to deep space and Mars.   “This is part of what will be a much broader program,” Nelson said today, during a visit in Orlando. “The plan combines the science of mining an asteroid, along with developing ways to deflect one, along with providing a place to develop ways we can go to Mars.”
The president already has established the goal of landing astronauts on a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. This new plan would bump up the date to 2021. As in, not a moment to waste. Nelson, a former astronaut, has an affinity for asteroids and United States asteroid policy; last month, he was on a Senate panel that grilled scientists about the consequences of an asteroid striking earth. He was keen to know if there is any way for humankind to fight back against asteroid aggression. Obama has often been slammed for supposedly not being bold, for not being tough enough with foes. But if Nelson is right, Obama is ready to do what’s necessary to take on the asteroid threat and make the United States the first nation to claim a giant space rock. ForgetSpock or Luke Skywalker; he’s going the full Bruce Willis:

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Asteroid caught on video: Satellite spies Toutatis tumbling through space

A new video captured by NASA shows the giant asteroid 4179 Toutatis tumbling through space on its flyby past Earth last week. The video, which is about 40 seconds long, combines 64 radar images taken Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13) by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. When the asteroid flew […]
A new video captured by NASA shows the giant asteroid 4179 Toutatis tumbling through space on its flyby past Earth last week. The video, which is about 40 seconds long, combines 64 radar images taken Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13) by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. When the asteroid flew past earth, Toutatis was about 4.3 million miles from Earth, or about 18 times farther away than the moon is. The radar images show the 3-mile-wide asteroid as an elongated, irregularly shaped object with multiple ridges, researchers told. The video also sheds light on how Toutatis moves. The asteroid spins about its long axis every 5.4 days and wobbles through space like a badly thrown football, scientists told Fox News. Toutatis never posed a threat to Earth on its recent flyby, and researchers say there is no chance it will hit our planet over the next four centuries or so. (Beyond that time, the asteroid’s orbit cannot be accurately computed.)


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Lunar Honeymoon: Can NASA Really Take Us There Within The Next 10 Years?

We all wonder where NASA’s new space development program will take us.  What kind of technologies will we employ?  What planets will we visit?  What will happen to the International Space Station (ISS)? All these questions and more where answered by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. […]
We all wonder where NASA’s new space development program will take us.  What kind of technologies will we employ?  What planets will we visit?  What will happen to the International Space Station (ISS)? All these questions and more where answered by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Here are the key notes.
  • Private researchers and tourists will be able to travel to ISS and other orbital destination (“Vacation All I Ever Wanted!”)
  • An international expedition will set out for a mission to asteroid (earlier plans were used during the filming of “Armageddon”)
  • A new planet containing water, i.e. habitable  will be discovered by The Webb Telescope
  • Every earthquake and tsunami can be predicted way in advance via personal hand held computer device
  • 98 percent of Earth-crossing asteroids are being tracked and cataloged
  • Bases and outposts are being set up on the Moon (Honeymoon anybody?)
You can read more of Ms. Garver’s comments here. How realistic do you think those predictions are?  Please comment below.