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Swedish appeals court rules space rock should stay with the owner of the property where it landed

Mar. 21, 2024 09:08 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish land owner won a legal battle Thursday to keep a 14-kilogram (31-pound) meteorite when an appeals court ruled that such rocks should be considered “immovable property" and part of the land where they are found. The property on which the meteorite landed...

NASA's final tally shows spacecraft returned double the amount of asteroid rubble

Feb. 16, 2024 11:53 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA finally has counted up all the asteroid samples returned by a spacecraft last fall — and it’s double the rubble return goal. Officials reported Thursday that the Osiris-Rex spacecraft collected 121.6 grams (4.29 ounces) of dust and pebbles from...

Skyscraper-size asteroid will buzz Earth on Friday, safely passing within 1.7 million miles

Feb. 01, 2024 23:22 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid as big as a skyscraper will pass within 1.7 million miles of Earth on Friday. Don’t worry: There’s no chance of it hitting us since it will pass seven times the distance from Earth to the moon. NASA’s Center for Near...