All moons and planets are constantly under barrage from asteroids and comets.
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Across the solar system, asteroids and comets crash into moons and planets every day. The rocket collision will provide researchers with important data on how these collisions work.
An illustration shows how, about 65 million years ago, a large asteroid collided with Earth. It hit what is today Mexico and created the Chicxulub crater.
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Impact craters are relatively shallow, so these bowl-shaped “dents” in Earth’s rocky crust can be easily buried or erased by erosion.
The ancient landscape at Yarrabubba preserves traces of the world’s oldest known asteroid impact.
The Yarrabubba asteroid landed 2.2 billion years ago. Around the same time, the icy Earth went through a big thaw.
Look at the circular patterns on the Moon’s surface, as seen from Earth.
The Apollo missions to the Moon helped our understanding of the cosmic origin of craters on our lunar neighbour, and here on Earth.
Asteroids have played a key role in our history and will continue to do so in the future.
Meteorites might look like boring bits of rock – but each one has a fascinating story.
Studying craters on the moon can shed light on the Earth’s history.
Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute
New research on craters on the moon sheds light about when and how often the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites.
Gosses Bluff impact crater in the Northern Territory.
NASA’s Earth Observatory
Large asteroids have hit Australia over many millions of years and the evidence is in the landscape, if you know where to look.
New research suggests how asteroids may have helped create conditions for life on Earth. But we shouldn’t get too carried away with the idea – yet.
The moon’s Orientale impact basin, with rings. Red corresponds to ‘hills’ and blue to ‘valleys’.
Ernest Wright, NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.)
New study suggests a 64km diameter body travelling at 15km per second created the Orientale Basin on the moon.
The village of Agoudal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is home to a rare treasure.
High in the mountains of Morocco, scientists have discovered something remarkable and rare: a spot that was struck by two meteorites, possibly millions of years apart.
The big hole left behind tells only part of the story.
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