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February 26, 2015
Dawn begins exploration of the first dwarf planet
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 26, 2015
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 and enigmatic orb that has been glimpsed only as a smudge of light for more than two centuries. And yet as that fuzzy little blob comes into sharper focus, it seems to grow only more perplexing. Dawn is showing us exotic scenery on a world that dates back to the dawn of the solar system, more than 4.5 ... read more

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Rosetta probe gets best comet closeup pics yet
Rosetta, the space probe currently orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, came within 3.7 miles of the comet over the weekend, the closest it's been since the craft first met up with the massive hunk of space ice last year. ... more
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Why Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream
Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust. Using an icebox-like instrument nicknamed Himalaya, the researchers show tha ... more
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Rosetta photos: Comet's material becoming more volatile as it nears sun
As the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko nears the sun, its jets are heating up - spewing noxious gases and water vapor into space as it speeds along at roughly 84,000 mph. ... more
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Number of Known Accessible Near-Earth Asteroids Doubles Since 2010
NASA performed the first Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS) in September/October of 2010, and 666 of the known near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) were identified as meeti ... more
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Dawn Gets Closer Views of Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world. The image of Ceres, taken on Feb. 4, 2015, from a distance of ab ... more
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Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter
ESA's Rosetta probe is preparing to make a close encounter with its comet on 14 February, passing just 6 km from the surface. Yesterday was Rosetta's last day at 26 km from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Geras ... more
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The mouth of the beast
In 1976 several elongated comet-like objects were discovered on pictures taken with the UK Schmidt Telescope in Australia. Because of their appearance, they became known as cometary globules even th ... more
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Surface composition of BL86 studies during Earth flyby
Planetary Science Institute researchers Vishnu Reddy and Driss Takir studied the surface composition of near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 during its close flyby of Earth early this morning. Remote ... more
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Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat
ESA's Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet's dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four ... more
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Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Has Moon
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, ... more
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Scientists befuddled by mysterious white spot on Ceres
Everyday, NASA's Dawn probe gets a bit closer to the dwarf planet Ceres. They're hoping this history-making flyby can answer questions and offer scientists a new and improved understanding of the glorified asteroid. But so far, Ceres is all mystery. ... more
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Cosmic puzzle settled: Comets give us shooting stars
Suspicions that shooting stars come from comet dust, transformed into fiery streaks as they hit Earth's atmosphere, have been bolstered by Europe's Rosetta space mission, scientists reported Monday. ... more
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NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013 ... more
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Getting to know Rosetta's comet
Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution. In a special e ... more
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Rosetta Comet 'Pouring' More Water Into Space
There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission's Philae lander touched down in November 2014. ... more
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Updated Charts for Asteroid 2004 BL86 Earth Flyby on Jan 26, 2015
This diagram shows the close passage of 2004 BL86 on January 26, 2015. The view is nearly edge-on to the Earth's orbit; the Moon's nearly circular orbit is highly foreshortened from this viewp ... more
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    Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
    Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surfa ... more
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    Death of a dynamo -- A hard drive from space
    The dying moments of an asteroid's magnetic field have been successfully captured by researchers, in a study that offers a tantalising glimpse of what may happen to the Earth's magnetic core billion ... more
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    Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
    As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the first ... more
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    Europe comet mission deserves Nobel: space chief
    A European mission that made the first landing on a comet deserves the Nobel prize, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Friday. ... more
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    Meteorite material born in molten spray as embryo planets collided
    Asteroids may be a byproduct of planet formation rather than planetary building blocks, according to a recent paper in Nature. Research done at Purdue University suggests collisions of planetary emb ... more
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    Asteroid to Fly By Earth Safely on January 26
    An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about ... more
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    Amateur astronomers capture comet Lovejoy on camera
    Comet Lovejoy was at its brightest on January 7 and 8, but it will remain visible to the naked eye - provided the weather cooperates - through the weekend. ... more
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    See comet Lovejoy with the naked eye this weekend
    Comet Lovejoy - or more officially, C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy - is named for the Australian amateur astronomer who spotted the glowing green ball just last year. Terry Lovejoy spied the comet through his eight-inch telescope in his backyard. ... more
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