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2009-03-25 14:40:00

For the first time in history, scientists have matched a meteorite on Earth with a specific asteroid, providing insight into how the planets were formed and how to best avoid a potential asteroid catastrophe sometime in the future. Last October, astronomers began tracking a small asteroid heading toward Earth before it became a "shooting star."  The asteroid appeared to mostly blow up in the sky 23 miles above the ground, leading scientists to believe there would not be any space rocks...

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2006-03-14 06:45:00

SPACE CENTER, Houston -- NASA scientists have a new mystery to solve: How did materials formed by fire end up on the outermost reaches of the solar system, where temperatures are the coldest? The materials were contained in dust samples captured when the robotic Stardust spacecraft flew past the comet Wild 2 in 2004. A 100-pound capsule tied to a parachute returned the samples to Earth in January. The samples include minerals such as anorthite, which is made up of calcium, sodium, aluminum...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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