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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.

asteroid Vesta
2012-09-20 15:09:18

According to findings reported in the journal Science, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed signs of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta.

NASA Releases Last Images Of Dawn Spacecraft Visit With Vesta Asteroid
2012-09-12 14:31:54

As NASA's Dawn mission spacecraft speeds away from the giant asteroid Vesta, mission control has released two parting views using images that were among the last taken by Dawn.

Dawn Departs Giant Asteroid Vesta
2012-09-06 05:38:04

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta and is on its way to the dwarf planet Ceres.

Vesta Gets Ready For Journey To Ceres
2012-08-31 09:33:59

The Dawn spacecraft will be departing from asteroid Vesta on September 4 and will head out on a two-and-a-half-year journey towards the dwarf planet Ceres.

NASA Planning New Mars Mission For 2016
2012-08-21 04:48:31

NASA announced on Monday a new mission, named InSight, that will launch in 2016 and will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth.


Latest Dawn Reference Libraries

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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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Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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