The European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta took detailed images of the asteroid Lutetia as it flew past the "deeply pockmarked, irregular rock" that is probably a left-over piece from the formation of the Solar System over 4.6 billion years ago.
The U.S. space agency NASA issued an announcement on June 29, 2010, that it is looking for a heavy-lift rocket to help the United States reach the Moon, asteroids, Mars, and other far-flung destinations in our Solar System. Do you have what it takes to build such a vehicle?
The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth from its asteroid mission on June 13, 2010. Several high school students recorded the breakup of Hayabusa as it soared through our atmosphere over Australia. Learn the story about how they got to be part of the event.