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2010-11-04 06:00:00

Scientists at Purdue University and Imperial College London have revised their popular "ËœImpact Effects Calculator', which allows anyone to calculate the potential damage a comet or asteroid would cause if it collided with the Earth. The interactive tool, available at http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth, lets users enter in specific details about the hypothetical impactor, such as its diameter and density, velocity, angle of entry and where it will hit the Earth. It then estimates...

2010-09-16 13:00:00

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The moon was bombarded by two distinct populations of asteroids or comets in its youth, and its surface is more complex than previously thought, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft featured in three papers appearing in the Sept. 17 issue of Science. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In the first...

2010-09-16 14:35:00

The moon was bombarded by two distinct populations of asteroids or comets in its youth, and its surface is more complex than previously thought, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft featured in three papers appearing in the Sept. 17 issue of Science. In the first paper, lead author James Head of Brown University in Providence, R.I., describes results obtained from a detailed global topographic map of the moon created using LRO's Lunar Orbiter...

2010-08-29 07:25:00

A new study theorizes that the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago by at least two meteorite strikes rather than one. Scientists previously thought that a huge meteorite impact occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, wiping out the dinosaurs in one fell swoop. New evidence, however, suggests that a second impact occurred in the Ukraine, according to a BBC News report on Friday. The study findings were published in the journal Geology by a team lead by Professor David Jolley of Aberdeen...

2010-07-23 06:20:00

Researchers sifting through Google Earth images have discovered what may be the world's best-preserved small impact crater in a remote area of the Sahara desert in southwestern Egypt.   The immaculate, 148 ft. wide crater was likely excavated by a fast-moving iron meteorite, a few thousand years ago, scientists said Thursday. Dubbed Kamil, the crater is remarkably preserved when compared with most of the other craters on the Earth's surface, many of which are partially eroded. The...

2010-05-24 14:34:27

From May 24-31, a team of nine scientists and geologists will be analyzing one of the most Mars-like places on Earth, Chott el Jerid in South West Tunisia, in preparation for future missions to the Red Planet. The field campaign has been organized by the Europlanet Research Infrastructure (RI). Chott el Jerid is a seasonal lake that is completely dry for most of the year.  Its sun-baked surface, composed of a hard crust of sodium chloride, conceals sources of underground water and the...

2010-03-16 10:55:00

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to confer names on 10 impact craters on Mercury. The newly named craters were imaged during the mission's three flybys of Mercury in January and October 2008 and September 2009. The IAU has been the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the craters are named after famous...

2010-03-05 06:30:52

Shortly after the Moon formed, an asteroid smacked into its southern hemisphere and gouged out a truly enormous crater, the South Pole-Aitken basin, almost 1,500 miles across and more than five miles deep. "This is the biggest, deepest crater on the Moon -- an abyss that could engulf the United States from the East Coast through Texas," said Noah Petro of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The impact punched into the layers of the lunar crust, scattering that material across...

2010-01-12 11:00:00

Close-up images of asteroid (2867) Steins, obtained with the OSIRIS cameras on Rosetta, have provided extensive new measurements of the physical properties of this main-belt asteroid. Steins is revealed to be a loosely-bound 'rubble pile' whose diamond shape has been honed by the YORP effect. This is the first time this effect has been seen in a main-belt asteroid. The results are reported by H. Uwe Keller and colleagues in the January 8 issue of Science magazine. Most models of Solar System...

2009-12-01 08:54:02

A huge amount of scientific data have been accumulated by the CE-1 lunar orbiter. Using laser altimeter data, Jinsong Ping and Qian Huang et al obtained improved 3D lunar topography, and based on this, they had made new discoveries (such as impact basins and volcanic deposit highlands) of some ancient topographic characteristics on the lunar surface. Chao Chen and Qing Liang et al found the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin as the biggest mascon on the moon and put forward a fault structure...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Mimas -- Mimas is a moon of Saturn that was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. Mimas' low density (1.17) indicates that it is composed mostly of water ice with only a small amount of rock. Mimas' most distinctive feature is a colossal impact crater 130 km across, named Herschel after the moon's discoverer. Herschel covers almost 1/3 of the diameter of the entire moon; its walls are approximately 5 km high, parts of its floor measure 10 km deep, and its central peak...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Callisto -- With a diameter of over 4,800 km (2,985 miles), Callisto is the third largest satellite in the solar system and is almost the size of Mercury. Callisto is the outermost of the Galilean satellites, and orbits beyonds Jupiter's main radiation belts. It has the lowest density of the Galilean satellites (1.86 grams/cubic centimeter). Its interior is probably similar to Ganymede except the inner rocky core is smaller, and this core is surrounded by a large icy...

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