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NASA Reveals New Images, Video Of Asteroid Redirect Mission
2013-08-23 07:30:04

NASA has released a new animation along with new photos of the space agency's proposed asteroid redirect mission, which will attempt to identify, approach, capture and redirect an asteroid in space.

Human Asteroid Exploration: The Long And Storied Path
2013-04-17 10:43:01

Within NASA’s new FY2014 budget proposal lies a project known as the Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization Mission. This project would be the first to capture a small near-Earth asteroid and safely redirect it to a lunar orbit so that astronauts can visit and explore it. Such a mission would expand scientific knowledge of the origins of both humanity and the universe.

NASA Scientists Find Striking Similarity Between Moon And Asteroids
2013-03-26 07:24:40

Scientists from NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), along with researchers from abroad, have discovered that Earth’s own natural satellite shares a striking similarity with Vesta, and perhaps other large asteroids roaming around the Solar System.

Computer Simulations Help Explore Origins Of Our Solar System
2013-02-15 10:00:41

Researchers have used three-dimensional computer simulations to reconstruct how an asteroid called Vesta collided with other asteroids twice over a billion years ago to explore the origins of our Solar System.

Dawn Has Vesta's Dark Materials In View
2013-01-03 12:54:32

A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Chinese Probe Gets Up Close And Personal With Asteroid 4179 Toutatis
2012-12-17 08:38:30

An asteroid by the name of 4179 Toutatis passed close enough to Earth last week that China’s Chang’e-2 probe was able to fly by the object and snap some photos.

Did Dawn Mission Find Water-Carved Gullies On Vesta Asteroid?
2012-12-07 16:11:58

NASA launched the Dawn Mission in 2007 to study the giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. New images from Vesta reveal oddities that seem almost water-like.

Vesta May Hold The Secret To Youth
2012-10-31 13:50:22

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed data that shows protoplanet Vesta is continually stirring its outermost layer.

Vesta Has Planet-Like Faults
2012-09-27 12:35:00

New research reinforces the idea that the asteroid Vesta may actually have more of a history to it than just being a floating space rock.

Water May Have Been Deposited On Vesta Asteroid Long Ago
2012-09-26 14:42:05

Astronomers suggest that water may have been delivered to Vesta through a build-up of small particles during an epoch when the Solar System was rich in dust.


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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chickabiddy
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.
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