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The European Space Agency spacecraft Rosetta took detailed images of the asteroid Lutetia as it flew past the "deeply pockmarked, irregular rock" that is probably a left-over piece from the formation of the Solar System over 4.6 billion years ago.


Published in Space
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 23:21

NASA wants a heavy-lift rocket! Do you have one?

The U.S. space agency NASA issued an announcement on June 29, 2010, that it is looking for a heavy-lift rocket to help the United States reach the Moon, asteroids, Mars, and other far-flung destinations in our Solar System. Do you have what it takes to build such a vehicle?


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Saturday, 26 June 2010 23:57

Students record breakup of Hayabusa spacecraft

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft returned to Earth from its asteroid mission on June 13, 2010. Several high school students recorded the breakup of Hayabusa as it soared through our atmosphere over Australia. Learn the story about how they got to be part of the event.


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Monday, 14 June 2010 22:41

Video of Hayabusa fiery descent

A video of the JAXA Hayabusa capsule making its blazing return to Earth is shown in a YouTube video filmed by NASA scientists.


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Monday, 14 June 2010 06:36

Earth says Welcome Back to Hayabusa

After a seven-year, four-billion-kilometer voyage to-and-from an asteroid, the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft has landed in a remote site in Australia after speeding through Earth's atmosphere in a fiery blaze. Welcome back, Hayabusa!

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Saturday, 12 June 2010 00:16

JAXA asteroid collector mission almost home

The Hayabusa spacecraft, which traveled to the asteroid Itokawa, is expected to land in Australia on Sunday, June 13, 2010. The Japanese space agency is hoping it will return a valuable collection of data and actual samples from the asteroid.


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Friday, 30 April 2010 02:23

Ice found on first asteroid: 24 Themis

Astronomers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tennessee used a Hawaiian telescope to observe ice on asteroid 24 Themis. This is the first time that ice has been found on an asteroid, and indicates where we got some of our water here on Earth--and possibly even our life.


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Sunday, 18 April 2010 23:40

Bungee cord for U.S. manned space program

The United States doesn't seem to like a long-range manned space program. And, it doesn't appear that it will be any different in the future. As NASA swings wildly in this direction and now that direction, the U.S. manned space program seems to be attached to a bungee cord provided by the U.S. Congress and the U.S. White House.


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Saturday, 06 March 2010 03:11

Scientists conclude: Space rock killed dinos

An international group of scientists have concluded that the extinction of the dinosaurs, and much of life on Earth 65 million years ago, happened because a gigantic asteroid impacted what is now called Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula

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Wednesday, 03 February 2010 08:15

Hubble may have seen collision of two asteroids

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope may have photographed the debris left over after two asteroids collided. Although such asteroid-asteroid smashups do happen in the Solar System, such a collision has never been seen before by anyone on Earth.

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Astronomers have shown keen interest in an object that will fly past Earth on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. What has peaked their interest are the facts that it has an orbit of exactly one year and astronomers are not really sure what it is.

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After being discovered in 2004, Apophis continues to worry astronomers that it may collide with the Earth in the near future.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:46

NASA fosters relationship with Saudi Arabia

The U.S. space agency NASA has signed a joint statement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to work together in the areas of lunar and asteroid science research.

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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 22:57

WISE satellite to look for darkest objects in universe

The U.S. space agency NASA is expecting to launch its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite on Friday, December 11, 2009. The WISE satellite will explore the ultraviolet portions of the universe from some of the coolest stars ever produced to some of the darkest of the dwarf stars and asteroids.

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Friday, 13 November 2009 20:54

Rosetta spacecraft snaps dazzling pix of Earth

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is flying toward Earth on its third and final flyby. It took a dramatic picture of its home planet Earth on November 12, 2009, for all Earthlings to see.

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Thursday, 08 October 2009 19:59

Asteroid Apophis less likely to collide with Earth

NASA astronomers have revised their estimates as to the likelihood that near-Earth asteroid 99942 Apophis will impact Earth in the year 2036. The chance for a collision has gone from 1-in-45,000 (0.0022%) to 1-in-250,000 (0.0004%). Whew! I feel better!

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According to a report from the National Research Council, the U.S. Congress never gave NASA the money necessary to hunt down and identify potentially threatening near-Earth objects (NEOs), such as asteroids and comets. Consequently, the U.S. space agency has only been able to chart a fraction it was supposed to find.

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Saturday, 25 July 2009 17:49

Hubble takes rare Jupiter impact images

The Hubble Space Telescope was detoured in its recalibration, after being refurbished by the NASA STS-125 astronauts in May 2009, to take images of the recent impact spot on Jupiter, which was discovered by an Australian amateur astronomer on July 19, 2009.

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Astronomers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory verified on Monday, July 20, 2009, after receiving an email from an amateur astronomer in Australia, that Jupiter had just been hit with an object, possibly a comet or asteroid.

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The Japanese government announced June 11, 2009 that its Hayabusa spacecraft will be sent on a course that will simulate the trajectory of an asteroid so its astronomers can improve their abilities to track near Earth objects that could potentially hit Earth.

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