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Big Asteroid Flies By Earth Tonight: How to Watch Live

An asteroid as large as five football fields will zoom by Earth tonight, and you can watch the close approach live from the comfort of your home. Full story

NASA Flooded with Asteroid Exploration Ideas

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off in spades, with the agency receiving hundreds of proposals from potential partners. Full story

New Space Engine Could Turn Tiny CubeSats into Interplanetary Explorers

Researchers plan to launch a tiny spacecraft to Earth orbit and beyond within the next 18 months, in a key test of new propulsion technology that could help cut the cost of planetary exploration by a factor of 1,000. Full story

Asteroid Miners to Use 3D Printing for Space Telescopes

3D printing could help the asteroid-mining industry get off the ground. Full story

Actor Rainn Wilson Talks Asteroid Mining with Planetary Resources

Actor Rainn Wilson is a little bit worried about what the private asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources might do once it reaches space. Full story

Asteroid-mining firm meets $1 million crowd-funding goal

(Reuters) - A start-up asteroid mining firm that launched a crowd-funding campaign to gauge interest in a planned space telescope reached its $1 million goal, company officials said on Thursday. Full story

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Targets Scarce for NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission

NASA wants backyard astronomers to help track asteroids

Huge Earth-Passing Asteroid an 'Entirely New Beast'

Asteroid Miners' Crowdfunded Space Telescope May Hunt Exoplanets

Asteroid-Mining Company Hires Former White House Official

Asteroid the size of a small truck buzzes Earth: NASA

Huge Asteroid's Earth Flyby Captured in New Video

Strange Asteroid's Long Tail Revealed

Huge Asteroid Cruises Past Earth

Large asteroid, with small moon in tow, to fly by Earth

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  NASA building planet-saving radar system

NASA is working on a radar system to track asteroids that pose a danger to Earth. WESH’s Dan Billow reports.

  Giant asteroid whizzes by Earth

The asteroid, which was about 2,000 feet wide, came within 3.6 million miles from our planet. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  'Close' Call: Asteroid to Miss Earth By 3.6 Million Miles

Asteroid alert! CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the asteroid passing by Earth today.

  Giant asteroid and its moon set to fly by Earth

According to NASA scientists, a 1.7-mile-wide asteroid approaching Earth along with its own 2,000-foot moon is the same size as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs millennia ago. Fortunately, the colossal rocks will keep a safe distance when they swing past at 4:59 p.m. ET today.

  Giant asteroid to make ‘close-pass’ by earth

A huge 1.7 mile wide asteroid will make a close flight by Earth – its closest pass for the next 200 years. Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute discusses.

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