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Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election – New York Post

That’s one way to rock the vote. An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according t…

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That’s one way to rock the vote.
An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson — but it’s not large enough to do any serious damage.
The famed astrophysicist said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on Nov. 2.
“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” he …

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‘Lost’ tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific – Space.com

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Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate
that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. 
The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. But the new reconstruction puts the edge of the rocky plate along a line of known ancient volcanoes
, suggesting that it was once part of the crust (Earth’s top layer) in what is today northern Canada. 
“Volcanoes form at plate boundaries,…

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NASA probe leaking asteroid samples due to jammed door – Al Jazeera English

Images beamed back to ground control revealed it caught more material than scientists anticipated.

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A US probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged in the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space.
On Tuesday, the robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 320 million kilometres (200 million miles) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth.
But images of the spacecrafts collection head beamed back…

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OSIRIS-REx overflows with asteroid samples after bagging bounty from Bennu – Spaceflight Now

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Captured by the spacecrafts SamCam camera on Oct. 22, 2020, this series of three images shows that the sampler head on NASAs OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They show also that some of these particles are slowly escaping the sampler head. Credit: NASA
The sampling mechanism on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is stuffed with specimens captured from asteroid Bennu earlier this week — so full that some of the rocks are floating out into…

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