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2011-06-01 13:45:00

PASADENA, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- News media representatives are invited to cover a Tweetup hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, June 6. More than 100 NASA Twitter followers, who registered in April, will attend the event. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) With four NASA/JPL space missions launching in 2011 and an asteroid belt encounter nearly under way, this year will be one of the busiest ever in...

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2011-05-31 06:05:00

The three massive solar panels that will provide power for NASA's Juno spacecraft during its mission to Jupiter have seen their last photons of light until they are deployed in space after launch. The last of the Jupiter-bound spacecraft's panels completed pre-flight testing at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., and was folded against the side of the spacecraft into its launch configuration Thursday, May 26. The solar-powered Juno spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's...

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2011-05-24 08:19:47

NASA's twin lunar probes have arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for a launch in late summer. The two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory spacecraft (Grail) were shipped from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, to the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., Friday, May 20. NASA's dynamic duo will orbit the moon to determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon. "NASA's...

2011-05-11 09:26:00

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn expects to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about 117 million miles from Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The image from Dawn's framing cameras was taken on May 3 when the spacecraft began its approach and was approximately 752,000...

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2011-05-11 10:05:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about 188 million kilometers (117 million miles) from Earth. The image from Dawn's framing cameras was taken on May 3 when the spacecraft began its approach and was approximately 1.21 million kilometers (752,000 miles) from Vesta. The asteroid appears as a small, bright pearl...

2011-05-05 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected three science investigations for a potential 2016 mission that would look at Mars' interior for the first time; study an extraterrestrial ocean on one of Saturn's moons; and study in unprecedented detail the surface of a comet's nucleus. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Each investigation team will receive $3 million to conduct its mission's concept phase or preliminary design studies and...

2011-05-03 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached its official approach phase to the asteroid Vesta and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation for an expected July 16 orbital encounter. The large asteroid is known as a protoplanet - a celestial body that almost formed into a planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) At the start of this three-month final approach to this massive body in the asteroid...

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2011-05-03 15:17:40

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached its official approach phase to the asteroid Vesta and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation for an expected July 16 orbital encounter. The large asteroid is known as a protoplanet "“ a celestial body that almost formed into a planet. At the start of this three-month final approach to this massive body in the asteroid belt, Dawn is 1.21 million kilometers (752,000 miles) from Vesta, or about three times the distance between Earth...

2011-04-21 16:25:00

PASADENA, Calif., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will host a Tweetup for approximately 120 Twitter followers on Monday, June 6. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) With four space missions launching this year and an asteroid belt encounter nearly underway, 2011 will be one of the busiest ever in planetary exploration. Tweetup participants will interact with JPL scientists and engineers about...

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2011-04-11 06:25:00

NASA's Juno spacecraft has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for a launch this summer. The spacecraft was shipped from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, to the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., on April 8th. The solar-powered Juno spacecraft will orbit Jupiter's poles 33 times to find out more about the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere. "The Juno spacecraft and the team have come a long way since this project was first...


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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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