This animation shows the first four year’s progress of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission following the repurposing of the WISE satellite in December, 2013. Green dots represent near-Earth objects. Gray dots represent all other asteroids which are mainly in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Yellow squares represent comets.

Image Credit: NASA

2 thoughts on “Asteroids!

  1. What is the law concerning staking claim to asteroids for exploitation? The back of my mind still wonders if Musk’s car launching as test payload stunt wasn’t clever way to get a prospecting and mapping package of instruments out into belt to lay down some claims for the future. “whoops! we missed the Mars orbit. My bad.” right.

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