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April 19, 2014
Construction to Begin on NASA Spacecraft Set to Visit Asteroid in 2018
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 11, 2014
NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday after a successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colo., A ... read more

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Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets
NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars - less than half the distance between Earth and our moon. The image on the left, captured Ma ... more
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First Ring System Around Asteroid
Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO's La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. ... more
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NASA Seeks Proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission Concepts Development
In support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission - a key part of the agency's stepping stone path to send humans to Mars - agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology dev ... more
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Comet-probing robot to wake from hibernation
A fridge-sized robot lab hurtling through the Solar System aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first-ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet. ... more
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Be an Asteroid Hunter in NASA's First Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. T ... more
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ESO VLT Shows Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko Brighter Than Expected
It's back! After comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko had disappeared behind the Sun and out of the Earth's view last year in October, the target comet of ESA's Rosetta mission can now be seen again. ... more
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Hubble Telescope Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as ... more
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Silently and patiently streaking through the main asteroid belt
Continuing its daring mission to explore some of the last uncharted worlds in the inner solar system, Dawn remains on course and on schedule for its rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres next year. ... more
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Asteroid to make close pass by Earth
An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage, NASA said Wednesday. ... more
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Astronomers spot rare asteroid break-up
Astronomers said Thursday they have witnessed the distant break-up of an asteroid, a rare event that was not caused by a violent space collision or a close encounter with the Sun. ... more
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NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet
NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has spotted a never-before-seen comet - its first such discovery since coming out of hibernation late last year. ... more
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Radar Images of near-Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14
A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2006 DP14 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on the night of Feb. 11, 20 ... more
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Astronomer spots asteroid smashing into Moon
A Spanish astronomer on Monday said he had witnessed a fridge-sized asteroid smash into the Moon, in the biggest lunar impact by a space rock ever recorded. ... more
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Subaru Telescope Detects Rare Form of Nitrogen in Comet ISON
A team of astronomers, led by Ph.D. candidate Yoshiharu Shinnaka and Professor Hideyo Kawakita, both from Kyoto Sangyo University, successfully observed the Comet ISON during its bright outburst in ... more
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Rocks around the clock: asteroids pound tiny star
Scientists using CSIRO's Parkes telescope and another telescope in South Africa have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids - large lumps of rock from sp ... more
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NASA takes major step in hunt for asteroids
NASA's mission to reel in an asteroid took an important step forward when the agency recently established a new "rapid response system" intended to pinpoint the most eligible targets for capture. ... more
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    Huge asteroid passes Earth nearly one year after Chelyabinsk meteorite
    A massive asteroid is scheduled to make its way past Earth Monday night. Scientists advise it will not make contact with our planet, while amateur astronomers will be able to watch its flight online ... more
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    Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets
    One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, R ... more
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    A good year to find a comet
    A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe's Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey t ... more
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    Software helps astronomers find faint, tiny comet in deep solar system
    A team of European astronomers reports software helped them see what the eye could not, a previously unknown comet orbiting the sun deep in the solar system. ... more
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    Russian scientists break ground in new asteriod discovery
    A new name has appeared in the registry of minor planets. Researchers at the Ussuriysky Astrophysics Observatory of the Far Eastern chapter of the Russian Academy of Scientists have discovered a new ... more
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    The Anatomy of an Asteroid
    ESO's New Technology Telescope (NTT) has been used to find the first evidence that asteroids can have a highly varied internal structure. By making exquisitely precise measurements astronomers have ... more
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    Getting ready for asteroids
    With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be foun ... more
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    Riding a blue-green wake of xenon to Ceres
    Dawn is continuing its trek through the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Leaving behind a blue-green wake of xenon from its ion propulsion system, its sights are set on dwarf planet Cere ... more
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