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NASA Identifying Candidate Asteroids For Redirect Mission

NASA Identifying Candidate Asteroids For Redirect Mission

NASA Headquarters NASA is on the hunt to add potential candidate target asteroids for the agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The robotic mission will identify, capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon....

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Astronomers Get A Good Look Inside Asteroid Itokawa
2014-02-05 12:24:19

[ Watch the Video: What's Inside An Asteroid? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers, using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) New Technology Telescope (NTT), have discovered that asteroids have a highly varied internal structure. The astronomers used the instrument to look at different parts of the asteroid Itokawa, which was the target of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa in 2005. This spacecraft took samples of an asteroid for the first time and...

Japan's Space Agency Plans To Blast Asteroid With Space Cannon
2013-10-24 09:46:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those of us who were lucky enough to have an Atari gaming console in the 1980s will remember blasting pixelated Asteroids using a triangular spaceship. Now, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it plans to send a space cannon out to blast the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 with a metal bullet in 2018. The mission is primarily for research, but could eventually lead to a system capable of defending Earth from...

Asteroid Exploration Field Tests Performed In The Mojave Desert
2013-05-18 05:39:53

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The potential of a human mission to Mars has captured the imagination of many recently. However, before astronauts set foot on the Red Planet, NASA first plans to visit Near-Earth asteroids and potentially to the moons of Mars. With this vision in mind, a team of researchers from the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, and the space robotics company Honeybee Robotics successfully completed a...

JAXA Set To Launch Hayabusa 2 In 2014
2013-04-01 20:59:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) next asteroid exploring spacecraft, Hayabusa 2, will be launching in 2014 on a mission to bring back sand from an asteroid. Hayabusa 2 will travel through space for four years before arriving at asteroid 1999 JU3, and will not be returning to Earth until 2020. Once the spacecraft reaches its target, it will fire off fingertip-sized bullets into the surface of the asteroid at about...

Asteroid Fragments May Give Insight Into Origins Of Planets
2012-10-05 13:38:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The year was 1998. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had just parted ways with Dave Navarro. The world was introduced to Britney Spears. And the movie Armageddon bested all other films at the box office. It seems fitting that the same year that gave us Michael Bay´s fictional interpretation of how we should deal with an asteroid coming towards us would be the same year that the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) project...

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2012-08-30 17:32:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Following the success of its Hayabusa mission, the Japanese space agency JAXA is shooting for another asteroid in 2018. Dennis Normille wrote in a report in Physics World that JAXA is planning to land another spacecraft on an asteroid in 2018 to search for clues as to how life on Earth began. Hayabusa 2 will be the sequel to its previous mission, which was the first to collect material from an asteroid and return it back to...

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2011-08-26 10:54:30

  Japanese scientists have determined that the most common meteorites found on Earth are born from stony asteroids. The Earth-bound asteroids, also known as ordinary chondrites, are among the most primitive objects in the solar system.  The researchers said that the discovery means these asteroids have been recording a long and rich history of early solar system events. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa spacecraft in 2003 to sample the surface...

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2010-10-06 14:45:00

Japan's space agency has found particles in the capsule of the Hayabusa space probe that may be extraterrestrial. The Yomiuri newspaper and Kyodo News agency reported that scientists discovered minute particles that may be from outside Earth. The newspaper said that their components have characteristics that differ from dust or aluminum powder samples that had been collected earlier. The Hayabusa space probe was sent off to an asteroid seven years ago, and returned on June 24 with samples...

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2010-07-06 06:14:35

The Japanese space agency (JAXA) said Monday that its Hayabusa space probe, which returned to Earth last month, collected "minute particles" of what it hopes is asteroid dust from the potato-shaped Itokawa asteroid. Scientists hope the samples could help reveal secrets about the origins of the solar system. "We have started the opening process of the sample container of Hayabusa since June 24, 2010 and confirmed there are minute particles," JAXA told the AFP news agency. The agency also...

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2010-06-24 14:25:00

JAXA announced today that it has found traces of gas in a capsule thought to contain asteroid dust that was brought back to Earth after a multi-billion-mile space journey. Japan's space agency said that researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa started to open the Hayabusa capsule -- a process expected to take about a week. They plan to analyze the inside of the container by using an optical microscope.  A JAXA spokeswoman said a trace of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'