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Asteroid QE2 Fly-By Captured In NASA Movie
2013-06-10 10:34:04

[ Watch the Video: Radar Movie Of Asteroid QE2 And Its Moon ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Near-Earth asteroid QE2 and its moon, which safely completed a fly-by of our planet on May 31, is featured in new video footage released by NASA scientists over the weekend. The movie clip was compiled using 55 images obtained using data collected at the Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California, officials at the US space agency announced. Each individual...

Asteroid 2013 LR6 Safely Passes By Earth
2013-06-10 04:46:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An asteroid approximately the same size as a small truck passed within 65,000 miles of Earth on Friday night/early Saturday morning, officials from NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California have revealed. Asteroid 2013 LR6, which had only been discovered approximately one day before making its closest approach to our planet, was approximately 30 feet wide, according to Irene Klotz of Reuters. At...

Asteroid Makes Safe Fly-By Of Earth
2013-06-01 06:44:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Asteroid 1998 QE2 and its recently discovered moon sailed safely past the Earth on Friday, passing within 3.6 million miles of our planet at approximately 5pm Eastern time, according to various media reports. During its fly-by, QE2 was 200 times further away from the Earth than an asteroid “near-miss” which took place back in February, according to BBC News. However, it was over 50,000 times larger than that object,...

NASA Traces Evolution Of Asteroid Families
2013-05-30 11:54:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the orbiting Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), NASA scientists have been able to identify and categorize 28 new asteroid families found in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, the space agency announced. Infrared snapshots from the asteroid-hunting section of the survey, called NEOWISE, allowed scientists to spot and sort thousands of previously hidden and uncategorized asteroids into families. "NEOWISE has given...

Asteroid Watch Center Opened By ESA
2013-05-23 06:55:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Strengthening Europe´s contribution to the global hunt for asteroids and other natural objects that may strike Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) inaugurated the NEO Coordination Center this week. Asteroids or comets — ranging in size from meters to tens of kilometers — that orbit the Sun and whose orbits come close to that of Earth are known as Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs. Over 600,000 asteroids are currently...

Slooh To Broadcast Moon's Asteroid Collision
2013-05-20 14:27:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An organization aimed at bringing celestial event programming to everyone with a computer, iPhone or iPad is planning to broadcast the fiery explosion that took place on the moon just a few months ago. On March 17 NASA astronomers witnessed how the Moon was rocked by a violent impact from an 88-pound asteroid, creating a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything the space agency had seen before. Now Slooh says it wants to bring the...

Asteroid Exploration Field Tests Performed In The Mojave Desert
2013-05-18 05:39:53

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The potential of a human mission to Mars has captured the imagination of many recently. However, before astronauts set foot on the Red Planet, NASA first plans to visit Near-Earth asteroids and potentially to the moons of Mars. With this vision in mind, a team of researchers from the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, and the space robotics company Honeybee Robotics successfully completed a...

QE2 Asteroid Hurtles Past Earth On May 31
2013-05-30 13:20:39

Brett Smith and Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Update: May 30, 2013 - Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has A Moon ] Radar data taken on Wednesday has revealed that asteroid 1998 QE2 has an orbiting moon. NASA said that about 16 percent of asteroids are binary or triple systems. The 1.7 mile wide asteroid will be passing by Earth at a safe distance of about 3.6 million miles on Friday. [ Watch the Video: Radar Reveals Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a Moon ] [ Update: May 30, 2013...


Latest Near-Earth object Reference Libraries

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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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Near-Earth Object -- Near-Earth Objects (NEO) are asteroids, comets and large meteoroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger. Due to their size and proximity, NEO's are also more easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth and are important for future scientific investigation and commercial development. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV (change in velocity) than the Moon. In the United States, NASA...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Near-Earth Asteroid -- Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) are asteroids whose orbit intersects Earth's orbit and which may therefore pose a collision danger, as well as being most easily accessible for spacecraft from Earth. In fact, some near-Earth asteroids can be reached with much less ΔV than the Moon. The most famous near-Earth asteroid is 433 Eros that was visited by NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous probe. A few hundred such near-Earth asteroids are known, ranging in size up...

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433 Eros -- The asteroid 433 Eros was named after the Greek god of love Eros. It is an S-type asteroid approximately 13 x 13 x 33 km in size, the second-largest near-Earth asteroid. It was visited by the NEAR Shoemaker probe, which first orbited it taking extensive photographs of its surface and then in 2001 at the end of its mission was landed on the asteroid's surface using only its maneuvering jets. Depending on where they stood on Eros, a person who weighed 200 pounds (90...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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