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New study ranks hazardous asteroid effects from least to most destructive

If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects -- scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis -- would claim the most lives? A new...

A new mineral from the oldest solar system solids in meteorites

Researchers have identified a new mineral in the oldest solar system solids from primitive meteorites. They've named it "rubinite" after Dr. Alan E. Rubin,...

How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age

While orbiting the Moon in 1971, the crew of Apollo 15 photographed a strange geological feature -- a bumpy, D-shaped depression about two miles...

A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to...

What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'? Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for...

Mega Meteorite “Largest Space Rock Ever Found in State”

UND welcomed an alien invader Friday. The 84-pound space monster was on campus for just a few hours, but it left behind a small slice...

Mechanism underlying size-sorting of rubble on asteroid Itokawa revealed

In 2005, the Hayabusa spacecraft developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) landed on Itokawa, a small near-Earth asteroid named after the famous...

Earth is bombarded at random

Asteroids don't hit our planet at regular intervals, as was previously thought. Earth scientists have reached this conclusion after analyzing impact craters formed in...

Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia

In their GSA Bulletin article published online last week, Timothy A. Goudge and colleagues detail the clay mineralogy of sediment from Lake Towuti, Indonesia,...

New evidence for a water-rich history on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at the Department of...

More Earth-like than moon-like

Mars' mantle may be more complicated than previously thought. In a new study published today in the Nature-affiliated journal Scientific Reports, researchers at LSU...

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