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Asteroid Intercept System
2013-03-08 04:39:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The combination of new technology, a growing interest in astronomy, and more media hype has led to an even bigger fear of "what if" scenarios for potentially hazardous asteroids. However, Iowa State engineers say they are coming up with a few ideas to help save our planet from a repeat of the asteroid-impact that led to the dinosaur annihilation. Bong Wie and colleagues from Iowa State will be presenting a paper as part of NASA's...

Mercury Shows Off Its Colorful Side
2013-02-18 10:02:18

[ Watch the Video: NASA Captures Planet Mercury In Color HD ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA scientists have used thousands of images acquired by the Messenger probe during its first year in orbit around Mercury in order to create a colorful, high-resolution map of the planet, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to the Daily Mail, the images of Mercury, which appears to be brownish-gray in color when viewed from here on Earth, were taken...

2013-02-13 20:20:12

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

Comet ISON To Put On Spectacular Show On Thanksgiving
2013-02-06 13:08:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kislovodsk, literally translated, means “sour water.” It was in this town, named for the sour water in the springs that surround it, that Russian astronomers Vitali Nevksi and Artyom Novichonok made a very sweet discovery in September of last year. Officially, the comet they discovered was named C/2012 S1, but since the two astronomers were using the International Scientific Optical Network´s (ISON) 15.7-inch...

2013-02-05 10:17:40

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid 150-feet in diameter that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. The teleconference participants are: --Lindley Johnson, program executive, Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington --Timothy Spahr, director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian...

Large Asteroid Will Make Earth Flyby Next Month
2013-01-29 12:55:40

[Watch Video: Record-Setting Asteroid Flyby] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A record-setting asteroid about the size of half a football field will be making a close flyby to Earth just after Valentine's Day. Although there is no danger of a collision, the asteroid, 2012 DA14, will still be making a record-setting close approach, according to NASA. "Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, we've never seen an object this big get so close to Earth," Don...

2013-01-08 09:25:00

William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. Borucki is honored for his founding concept and visionary leadership during the development of Kepler, which uses transit photometry to determine the frequency and kinds of planets around other stars. "This is a commendable recognition for Bill Borucki...

2013-01-07 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Borucki is honored for his founding concept and visionary leadership during the development of Kepler, which uses transit photometry to...

Our Galaxy Abounds With Planets Says New Study
2013-01-03 14:45:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Listen to the podcast “How Planets Form” with redOrbit's Dr. John Millis and planet-hunting expert Dr. Eric Mamajek of the University of Rochester. Astronomers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) wrote in the Astrophysical Journal that our galaxy may be filled with more planets than researchers had previously thought — a discovery that could have deep implications for our understanding of the universe....

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

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 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. Scientists are using the images, taken by Dawn's framing camera, to understand the impact environment early in Vesta's evolution. In the most comprehensive analysis of the dark material to date, Dawn scientists describe how this carbon-rich material tends to appear around the edges of two giant impact basins in...


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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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