asteroid asteroid  /ˈæ stə ˌrɔ ɪd/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
  2. (adj) shaped like a star

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. A new survey of the geologic and fossil records of Mexico suggests that the asteroid was framed for the death of dinos.
  2. Astronomers are hoping for a spectacular high-impact collision as asteroid 2007 WD5 zooms toward Mars.
  3. The asteroid is out there, and yet we remain reluctant to heed the warnings.

News

  1. Crowdfunding Raises $1 Million for Asteroid Miners' Public Space Telescope

    The world's first selfie-snapping, asteroid-hunting, public space telescope is $1 million closer to its launch into Earth orbit, having surpassed its initial crowdfunding goal. [More]
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Scientific American

  2. Asteroid-mining firm meets $1 million crowd-funding goal

    By Irene Klotz (Reuters) - A start-up asteroid mining firm that launched a crowd-funding campaign to gauge interest in a planned space telescope reached its $1 million goal, company officials said on Thursday. Bellevue, Washington-based Planetary Resources intends to build and operate telescopes to hunt for asteroids orbiting near Earth and robotic spacecraft to mine them. ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Asteroid proposal may get burned

    Artist rendering of an asteroid capture. / NASA A formal Request For Information to provide ideas on NASA’s asteroid initiative is posted at NASA’s business opportunities website. Deadline for ideas is 5 p.m. July 18. NASA will consider them at a July 30 mission formulation review.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Bay Bulletin

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Quotes

  1. "By 2025, we expect new spacecraft designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the Moon into deep space," President Obama said. "We'll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in...
    on Jun 12, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Space.com

  2. "I am now a heavenly body," Takei said earlier this week, according to the AP. "I found out about it yesterday......I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky--just like an asteroid."
    on Aug 2, 2007 By: George Takei Source: CNET Crave Blog (blog)

  3. "Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out," said Professor Hawking, who was crippled by a muscle disease at the age of 21 and who speaks through a computerised voice synthesiser.
    on Nov 30, 2006 By: Stephen Hawking Source: Independent Online

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