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July 29, 2015
Multi-Use Firing Room 4 used for Resource Prospector Mission Simulation
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Jul 28, 2015
NASA's 21st century multi-user Firing Room 4 in the Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center in Florida was used for the first time June 3. The facility last used to launch space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-135 mission in July 2011 was the site of a multi-center integrated mission simulation for the Resource Prospector (RP) payload team. The Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction (RESOLVE) is the primary science payload for RP, and is comprised of a miniatu ... read more

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Arecibo Observatory Provides The First Detailed Images Of A Rare Asteroid
Scientists from the Arecibo Observatory observed asteroid (436724) 2011 UW158 on Tuesday, July 14th, providing the first detailed images of this asteroid from 6.9 million kilometers away (4.3 millio ... more
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Robot lab Philae 'silent', says concerned ground control
Europe's robot lab Philae has fallen "silent" on the surface of a comet zipping towards the Sun, said ground controllers Monday who fear it may have shifted out of radio contact. ... more
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Football Shaped Asteroid Observed by Students at NAIC/NRAO
Images of the near-Earth asteroid 2015 HM10 were captured by students and researchers participating in the NAIC/NRAO 8th Single-Dish Radio Astronomy School as it passed by Earth on Wednesday, July 8 ... more
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Summer School radar obs shine new light on near-Earth asteroid
A team of scientists participating in a radio astronomy summer school had the unexpected opportunity to observe a recently discovered near-Earth asteroid as it zipped past our planet on July 7. The ... more
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Philae phones home for the eight time
Europe's robot lab Philae, zipping towards the Sun on a comet, has called home for the eighth time since waking up from hibernation last month, French space agency CNES said Friday. ... more
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Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft first began orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Almost immediately, scientists began to wonder about several surprisingly deep, al ... more
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Million-mile journey to an asteroid begins for ASU-built instrument
A journey that will stretch millions of miles and take years to complete begins with a short trip to a loading dock. The OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES for short) is the first space ... more
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18 holes in outer space: Comet's crater's revealed
After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising ones, to the prodding of Europe's Rosetta spacecraft. ... more
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Telescopes focus on target of ESA's asteroid mission
Telescopes around the globe recently homed in on one point in the sky, observing the paired Didymos asteroids - the target for ESA's proposed Asteroid Impact Mission. The 800 m-diameter main body is ... more
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NASA Wants to Nuke Asteroids That Threaten to Destroy Earth
NASA has joined forces with a nuclear arms agency to learn more about how to deflect, or possibly destroy with nuclear power, asteroids or comets that may collide with Earth and obliterate the plane ... more
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OSIRIS-REx Team Prepares for Next Step
The various instruments that will enable OSIRIS-REx to safely travel to asteroid Bennu, take a sample and return it to Earth are being readied for shipment to the spacecraft's assembly facility. ... more
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Exposed water ice detected on comet's surface
Using the high-resolution science camera on board ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, scientists have identified more than a hundred patches of water ice a few metres in size on the surface of Comet 67P/Chury ... more
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Rosetta tracks debris around comet
In two papers, accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics, scientists provide an update on their study of debris around the comet. The studies are reported in "Orbital elements of materi ... more
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MIRO maps water in comet's coma
In a paper accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, the MIRO team present their first map of water vapour in the coma of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. MIRO, the Microwa ... more
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Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016
The European Space Agency announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016. ... more
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Comet probe Philae dials home, 'doing very well'
Europe's robot lab Philae phoned home on Friday after several days silence in its journey towards the Sun on the back of a comet and is "doing very well", the German Aerospace Center (DLR) said. ... more
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    Scientists set plan for new tests with comet probe
    Space scientists on Wednesday unveiled their plan to put the revived robot lab Philae back to work with experiments to monitor, sniff and prod a comet hurtling toward the Sun. ... more
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    UCLA-led NASA mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres
    A NASA mission led by UCLA professor Christopher Russell has released new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. The photos were produced by the spacecraft ... more
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    Sunset Jets on Rosetta's Comet
    When night falls on Rosetta's comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the bizarrely shaped body remains active. This can be seen in new images of the Ma'at region located on the comet's "head" captured by ... more
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    Philae wake-up triggers intense planning
    The receipt of signals from Rosetta's Philae lander on 13 June after 211 days of hibernation marked the start of intense activity. In coordination with its mission partners, ESA teams are working to ... more
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    The quest to find Philae
    Rosetta and Philae teams continue to search for the current location of the lander, piecing together clues from its unexpected flight over the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its in ... more
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    Asteroid Icarus to Make Distant Pass Tuesday
    Asteroid Icarus will safely pass by Earth at more than 21 times the distance of Earth to the moon on June 16. To put it another way, Icarus, one of the first near-Earth asteroids ever discover ... more
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    'Hello Earth': Comet probe Philae wakes up
    The European space probe Philae woke up overnight after a months-long sleep as it hurtled towards towards the Sun on the back of a comet, the French space chief said Sunday. "We received new s ... more
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    New scientific dawn may beckon for Europe's comet lab
    Europe's comet probe Philae may soon resume work after seven months in hibernation, delving deeper for existential secrets thought to lie hidden under the surface of its frozen host, controllers said Monday. ... more
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