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On Thanksgiving 2013, the massive Comet ISON is expected pass close to the Sun, putting on a spectacular display that may last as long as two months.
The traditional picture of comets as cold, icy, unchanging bodies throughout their history is being reappraised in the light of analyses of dust grains from Comet Wild2.
Particles from comet 81P/Wild 2 brought to Earth in 2006 by NASA's Stardust spacecraft indicate that Jupiter formed more than three million years after the formation of the first solids in our Solar System.
Researchers want to send a spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, then fire a harpoon to rapidly acquire samples from specific locations with surgical precision while hovering above the target.
The latest analysis of data from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft shows that comet 103P/Hartley 2 is hyperactive in terms of the material it spews out, compared to the other comets observed up close to date.
Researchers found more evidence that meteorites can carry DNA components created in space.
HAMPTON, Va., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When a newly announced NASA mission to collect an asteroid sample returns to Earth, all eyes will be on the last few minutes of the seven-year flight. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This phase of the OSIRIS-REx mission announced this week is called entry, descent and landing, and it's the job of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., to make sure it works. Images and video at...
DENVER, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the University of Arizona to lead a sample-return mission to an asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx team is led by Dr. Michael Drake, Director of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to pluck samples that could better explain our solar system's formation and how life began.
Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...
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