Large asteroid hits on Earth have the potential to wipe out humanity so knowing as much about them, including how to detect and deflect them, is vital, writes Michael Dello-Iacovo.
As gazes turn skyward for International Asteroid Day, a team of engineers from UNSW are completing their start-up mission to bring you more information about near-Earth space rocks.
From autonomous mining to missions to capture asteroids for fuel – all will be discussed this week at the 3rd International Future Mining Conference in Sydney.
In a video interview, the famous American astrophysicist discusses time and asteroids, city life and selfies – and the latest discoveries about Tim Tams.
It won't be easy, but in future astro-archaeologists may be able to glean that life once existed on Earth from the stellar remnants of our sun, writes Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.