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March 27, 2015
Next Steps on Journey to Mars: Progress on Asteroid Initiative
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 26, 2015
NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago. For ARM, a robotic spacecraft will capture a boulder from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid and move it into a stable orbit around ... read more

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Unusual Asteroid Suspected of Spinning to Explosion
A team led by astronomers from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, recently used the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to observe and measure a rare class of "active asteroids" that sponta ... more
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Chilly Philae still slumbering, says comet mission
European space managers Friday ended an eight-day vigil for a wakeup call from the robot lander Philae, but remained hopeful the scout will revive as it rides on a comet nearing the Sun. ... more
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Other Asteroids Contributed Elusive Olivine to Vesta
Olivine should be one of the most abundant minerals on asteroid Vesta, but it remains elusive. Scientists working on NASA's Dawn mission to Vesta were initially thrilled to find few scattered remain ... more
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Rosetta: OSIRIS detects hints of ice in the comet's neck
The Hapi region on the neck of Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reflects red light less effectively than most other regions on the comet. It thus appears slightly blueish. The Hapi region i ... more
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Desktop App has potential to increase asteroid detection
A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our ... more
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A second minor planet may possess Saturn-like rings
There are only five bodies in our solar system that are known to bear rings. The most obvious is the planet Saturn; to a lesser extent, rings of gas and dust also encircle Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptu ... more
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Comet mission in bid to contact dormant Philae probe
Ground controllers will open a communications line Thursday with a robot lab perched on a comet zipping through space, hoping for signs it is alive, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday. ... more
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Wake up Philae! The world awaits news
Excitement mounted Thursday as scientists started listening for signs of life from robot lab Philae, hurtling through space perched on a comet some 460 million kilometres (285 million miles) from Earth. ... more
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Scientists Will Try to Contact the Comet Lander on March 12
Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will make the first attempt to contact the stranded comet lander Philae on Thursday Mar. 12. "The first attempt will take place already this week, o ... more
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Dawn: We Have Arrived at Ceres
Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres has been known as a planet, then as an asteroid, and later as a dwarf planet. Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Daw ... more
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Ceres' mysterious existence has long puzzled scientists
In less than two days, NASA will provide the closest ever view of a dwarf planet in between Mars and Jupiter that has mesmerized, puzzled and tantalized astronomers for more than two centuries. ... more
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Subaru Telescope Observes Rapid Changes in a Comet's Plasma Tail
Images from a December 2013 observation of the comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) (Note 1) reveal clear details about rapidly changing activity in that comet's plasma tail. To get this image, astronomers use ... more
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Bright lights on dwarf planet perplex NASA as probe nears
The discovery of another bright light on the dwarf planet Ceres has NASA scientists perplexed as the US Dawn probe prepares to enter the orbit of the largest object in the asteroid belt and possibly resolve the mystery. ... more
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Comet flyby: OSIRIS catches glimpse of Rosetta's shadow
Images from the OSIRIS scientific imaging camera taken during the close flyby on 14 February have now been downlinked to Earth, revealing the surface of Comet 67P/C-G in unprecedented detail, and in ... more
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NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet
The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said. ... more
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OSIRIS-REx Mission Completes System Integration Review
This week marked the completion of an important step on the path to spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations for the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith ... more
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    OSIRIS catches glimpse of Rosetta's shadow
    Several days after Rosetta's close flyby of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 14 February 2015, images taken on this day by OSIRIS, the scientific imaging system on board, have now been downlinked ... more
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    NASA Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet whe ... more
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    'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
    Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 ... more
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    Dark Energy Camera catches breathtaking glimpse of comet Lovejoy
    On December 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey, researchers snapped the above shot of comet Lovejoy. The image above was captured using the 570-megapix ... more
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    'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
    Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 ... more
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    Dawn begins exploration of the first dwarf planet
    The Dawn spacecraft is performing flawlessly as it conducts the first exploration of the first dwarf planet. Each new picture of Ceres reveals exciting and surprising new details about a fascinating ... more
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    Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres
    Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) ... more
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    Be My Valentine: Rosetta Spacecraft Makes Close Pass by Comet 67P
    The probe passed mere 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the surface of the ice ball in a unique display of affection on the Valentine's Day. The Rosetta spacecraft has just scored another historic first ... more
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