It seems what everyone has been wishing for all along will also be the only thing that will be able to settle this back-and-forth – but that’s not going to happen soon.
A planet’s atmosphere is what we need to be studying the most if and when we’re looking for signs of life.
Lucy and Psyche are a part of NASA’s Discovery Program, whose raison d’être is to explore our planetary neighbourhood using “faster, better, cheaper” missions.
The asteroid chunk was nearly 15 km in diameter and hit Earth at faster than 20 km per second – imagine a Mt-Everest-sized rock slamming down from space at Mach 58.
It will be the first time in history that a rocket, ISRO’s PSLV, will be launching two rovers to the Moon in a single mission.
The latter half of this year has had a generous dose of supermoons and that will persist. The previous one was last month. The next supermoon is next month, on December 14.
Follow along as the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft descends on to the surface of the comet 67P.