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Engineers Working Towards Laser Deflection Of Asteroids
2012-03-28 10:26:01

Protecting the Earth from an extinction-threatening asteroid has in the past been left up to Hollywood, which has deployed a barrage of special effects box office blockbusters that have kept deadly space rocks from smashing our planet into oblivion. But now, Scottish engineers have come up with a plausible way of dealing with asteroids that doesn´t include Hollywood special effects. Engineers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are developing an innovative technique based on...

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2012-03-12 06:20:39

By studying samples from carbon-rich meteorites, scientists with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center say they have discovered that the building blocks of life can be created and maintained in extreme heat, not just in cooler conditions as had previously been believed. In a Friday press release, the U.S. space agency reports that experts from the Greenbelt, Maryland facility's Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory studied 14 samples and discovered "minerals that indicated they had experienced...

The Fireballs Of February
2012-02-23 04:23:03

Feb. 22, 2012:  In the middle of the night on February 13th, something disturbed the animal population of rural Portal, Georgia. Cows started mooing anxiously and local dogs howled at the sky. The cause of the commotion was a rock from space. "At 1:43 AM Eastern, I witnessed an amazing fireball," reports Portal resident Henry Strickland. "It was very large and lit up half the sky as it fragmented. The event set dogs barking and upset cattle, which began to make excited sounds. I...

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2011-12-31 09:08:18

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around giant asteroid Vesta in July, scientists fully expected the probe to reveal some surprising sights. But no one expected a 13-mile high mountain, two and a half times higher than Mount Everest, to be one of them. The existence of this towering peak could solve a longstanding mystery: How did so many pieces of Vesta end up right here on our own planet? For many years, researchers have been collecting Vesta meteorites from "fall sites"...

Image 1 - Meteorite Shockwaves Cause Martian Dust Avalanches
2011-12-17 05:00:03

Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a study led by an undergraduate student at the UA When a meteorite careens toward the dusty surface of the Red Planet, it kicks up dust and can cause avalanching even before the rock from outer space hits the ground, a research team led by an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona has discovered. "We expected that some of the streaks of dust that...

New App Helps NASA Keep Track of Meteoroids
2011-12-14 13:10:39

[ Watch the Video ] Surprising but true: Every day, on average, more than 40 tons of meteoroids strike our planet.  Most are tiny specks of comet dust that disintegrate harmlessly high up in Earth's atmosphere, producing a slow drizzle of meteors in the night sky.  Bigger chunks of asteroid and comet debris yield dozens of nightly fireballs around the globe. Some are large enough to pepper the ground with actual meteorites. With so much "stuff" zeroing in on our planet, NASA...

NASA Missing Hundreds Of Moon Rocks
2011-12-09 12:07:29

An audit of NASA has turned up evidence that hundreds of moon rocks and other space matter are apparently missing, many of which have been loaned out by the space agency. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin on Thursday issued a report stating that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, and other debris from space were either stolen or have been missing since 1970. That includes 218 moon samples that were stolen and later returned and about two dozen moon rocks and pieces of moon...

Princeton Model Shows Fallout Of Giant Meteorite Strike
2011-10-20 04:50:33

Seeking to better understand the level of death and destruction that would result from a large meteorite striking the Earth, Princeton University researchers have developed a new model that can not only more accurately simulate the seismic fallout of such an impact, but also help reveal new information about the surface and interior of planets based on past collisions. Princeton researchers created the first model to take into account Earth's elliptical shape, surface features and ocean...

Geologists Assess Deep Impacts Of Near-Earth Object Strikes
2011-10-18 08:03:44

Volcanologists from the Universities of Leicester and Durham have forensically reconstructed the impact of a meteorite on Earth and how debris was hurled from the crater to devastate the surrounding region. New research by Mike Branney, of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, and Richard Brown, University of Durham, shows that some aspects of giant meteorite impacts onto Earth may mimic the behavior of large volcanic eruptions. Meteorite impacts are more common than is...

Image 1 - Researchers Take Temperature Of Mars's Past
2011-10-13 04:19:02

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have directly determined the surface temperature of early Mars for the first time, providing evidence that's consistent with a warmer and wetter Martian past. By analyzing carbonate minerals in a four-billion-year-old meteorite that originated near the surface of Mars, the scientists determined that the minerals formed at about 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). "The thing that's really cool is that 18 degrees is not...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.