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August 18, 2016
NASA Response to Recent Paper on NEOWISE Asteroid Size Results
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A paper posted Sunday by Nathan Myhrvold to ArXiv.org and described in an article by reporter Ken Chang in the May 23 New York Times discusses interpretations of data on asteroids from NASA's NEOWISE mission. The paper was posted before undergoing the essential scientific peer-review process to catch and remove significant errors. Examination of the paper by members of the science community studying near-Earth objects has found several fundamental errors in Myhrvold's approach and analysis-mistake ... read more

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Deep Space Industries has announced its plans to fly the world's first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Prospector-1 will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid, and investigate t ... more
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What's Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data
In the tens of thousands of photos returned by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the interior of Ceres isn't visible. But scientists have powerful data to study Ceres' inner structure: Dawn's own motion. ... more
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Farewell Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe
Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae on Wednesday, severing communications after a year-long silence from the pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet. ... more
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The Case of the Missing Ceres Craters
Ceres is covered in countless small, young craters, but none are larger than 175 miles (280 kilometers) in diameter. To scientists, this is a huge mystery, given that the dwarf planet must have been ... more
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Why are there so few large craters on dwarf planet Ceres?
Life in the asteroid belt isn't conducive to a smooth complexion. Ceres' surface is proof of that. But researchers say the dwarf planet's face isn't nearly as chiseled as they expected. ... more
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How comets are born
Detailed analysis of data collected by Rosetta show that comets are the ancient leftovers of early Solar System formation, and not younger fragments resulting from subsequent collisions between othe ... more
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SwRI-led study shows puzzling paucity of large craters on dwarf planet Ceres
A team of scientists led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) made a puzzling observation while studying the size and distribution of craters on the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres is the largest ... more
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Dawn Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice Can Accumulate
Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. Most of these areas likely have been cold enough to trap water ice for a billion years, su ... more
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Elite Team to Consider New Approaches to Asteroid Danger
A six-week-long research accelerator, championed by NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and hosted at the SETI Institute, is engaging young researchers from around the world to take on one of th ... more
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Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September. The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft's ever-increasing distance f ... more
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Chaotic Orbit of Comet Halley Explained
A team of Dutch and Scottish researchers led by Simon Portegies Zwart (Leiden University) has found an explanation for the chaotic behavior of the orbit of Halley's Comet. The findings are accepted ... more
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Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area
The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to a new study from scientists on NASA's ... more
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Rosetta finale set for 30 September
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September. The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft's ever-increasing distance f ... more
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Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end
After nearly two years apart, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft will join stranded robot probe Philae on September 30 on the icy surface of a comet hurtling through space, their eternal resting place, mission control said Thursday. ... more
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Hundreds Of Events Worldwide Scheduled For Asteroid Day 2016
What began as a passion of a handful of individuals, a musician, filmmaker, technologist, scientist and astronaut, has become a global movement by thousands to increase awareness and education about ... more
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Asteroid Impacts a Possible Solution to "Faint Young Sun Paradox"
In the first billion years of Earth's history, the planet was bombarded by primordial asteroids, while a faint Sun provided much less heat. A Southwest Research Institute-led team posits that this t ... more
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Natural quasicrystals may be the result of collisions between objects in the asteroid belt
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Planetary Resources and Luxembourg partner to advance space resource industry
Planetary Resources has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the banking institution Societe Nationale de Credit et d'I ... more
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High-Tech Telescope for Dangerous Asteroids Detection Launched in Russia
The country's first wide-angle telescope AZT-33 BM will be able to see any space boulder the size of the Tunguska meteorite a month before its collision with Earth. At the Sayan Observatory of the I ... more
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Small Asteroid Is Earth's Constant Companion
A small asteroid has been discovered in an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth, and it will remain so for centuries to come. As it orbits the sun, this new aste ... more
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Gamers Tackle Virtual Asteroid Sampling Mission
Mission: Build a replica of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and successfully return an asteroid sample to Earth. That's the challenge OSIRIS-REx Project Scientist Jason Dworkin of NASA's Goddard Space Fli ... more
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Scientists reconstruct the history of asteroid collisions
An international study, in which Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) participates, reveals that asteroids have endured a multitude of impact strikes since their formation 4,565 million years ag ... more
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Luxembourg takes first steps to asteroid mining law
One of Europe's smallest states, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, cast its eyes to the cosmos on Friday, announcing it would draw up a law to facilitate mining on asteroids. ... more
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