NASA simulated asteroid impact, couldn’t avoid crash in Europe

Scientists around the world were embarrassed this week by a fictional asteroid heading for Earth. A group of experts from US and European space agencies participated in a week-long exercise led by NASA in which they were confronted with a hypothetical scenario: an asteroid 35 million kilometers away was approaching …

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Andy Thomas: Adelaide’s own astronaut

Seeing Earth from space “makes you an environmentalist,” says former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas. Thomas, from Adelaide, has completed four space missions, spending around six months in space, much of which in Russia. Mir space station. He describes what it’s like to have such a different perspective – it’s been …

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