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Rosetta's Postcard From The Past
2011-10-27 13:11:03

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has revealed asteroid Lutetia to be a primitive body, left over as the planets were forming in our Solar System.

The Secrets Minerva And Its Two Moons
2011-10-06 08:30:47

Since the discovery of its two moons, the triple asteroid Minerva has been the focus of space and ground-based telescope studies that have attempted to unravel the secrets of this intriguing system.

2011-09-09 09:31:06

Data collected during MESSENGER’s first two months in orbit around Mercury have been released to the public by the Planetary Data System (PDS), an organization that archives and distributes all of NASA’s planetary mission data.

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2010-10-08 11:30:00

Water ice on asteroids may be more common than expected.

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2010-10-05 06:15:00

A huge asteroid visited by Europe’s Rosetta probe is encased in a thick, dusty layer of debris at least 2,000 ft deep, created by eons of impacts that have left the shattered surface with a texture similar to the Earth’s Moon.

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2010-07-10 17:00:00

Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESA’s Rosetta mission has returned the first close-up images of the asteroid showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System.

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2010-07-10 06:55:00

On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, will fly past asteroid Lutetia today (July 10).

2010-06-30 08:11:35

The media are invited to ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany to follow Rosetta’s encounter with asteroid Lutetia on July 10, 18:00–23:00.

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2010-06-27 13:16:19

The Rosetta Orbiter, a European Space Agency spacecraft heading for a 2014 encounter with a comet, will be flying close to asteroid Lutetia on Saturday, July 10.

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2010-06-15 10:20:00

ESA’s comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia on July 10th.


Latest Main Belt asteroids Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 19:02:44

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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2009-04-28 18:59:52

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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2009-04-24 13:51:13

Maximilian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf (June 21, 1863 - October 3, 1932) was a German astronomer and pioneer of astrophotography. He is accredited with the discovery of a large quantity of asteroids. Heidelberg, Germany was his birthplace. He received his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1888, and in 1890 he took employment in that institution. Beginning in 1891, Wolf discovered more than 200 asteroids with the Bruce double-astrograph, while working at the Landessternwarte...

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2009-04-24 13:47:54

Baron Franz Xaver von Zach (June 4, 1754 "“ September 2, 1832) was a Hungarian astronomer born in Pest most remembered for his efforts in search of the "missing planet", writing Tables of the Sun, and serving as Editor on 3 major scientific journals. Before moving to London in 1783, Zach served time in the Austrian army. He lived in London for 3 years employed as house tutor to the Saxon minister, Count Brühl. Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg appointed Zach in 1786 as...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

La Silla Observatory -- La Silla is a 2400-m mountain, bordering the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in Chile. It is located about 160 Km north of La Serena. Its geographical coordinates are: Latitude 29 15' south & Longitude 70 44' west. Originally known as Cinchado, the mountain was renamed La Silla (the saddle) after its shape. It rises quite isolated and remote from any artificial light and dust sources (astronomy's worst enemies). La Silla was the first ESO...

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