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2010-02-18 13:42:52

Just three days shy of one year before its planned flyby of comet Tempel 1, NASA's Stardust spacecraft has successfully performed a maneuver to adjust the time of its encounter by eight hours and 20 minutes. The delay maximizes the probability of the spacecraft capturing high-resolution images of the desired surface features of the 2.99-kilometer-wide (1.86 mile) potato-shaped mass of ice and dust. With the spacecraft on the opposite side of the solar system and beyond the orbit of Mars, the...

2010-02-18 12:09:00

DENVER, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel) spacecraft fired its engines for 22 minutes 53 seconds on Feb. 17 to purposely delay its arrival at comet Tempel 1 by 8 hours 21 minutes. In one year, the Lockheed Martin- (NYSE: LMT) built spacecraft will still fly by the comet on Feb. 14, 2011, Valentines' Day, but the encounter time will now be 8:42 p.m. PT. The low-cost Discovery Program Mission of Opportunity will expand the investigation of comet...

2009-11-12 16:17:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- If you enjoy reading but don't have the time or just can't get in to those long novels, then here are four picks of books containing the best short-fiction you're likely to find - because it's the best we've found: Trip: The Collected Stories Volume 4 by Robert Silverberg (Subterranean Press) A collection of short stories written by Robert Silverberg between March 1972 and November 1973. This is indeed "visionary Storytelling" as the author...

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2009-11-03 08:10:00

Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution. The stratospheric dust includes minute grains that likely formed inside stars that lived and died long before the birth of our sun, as well as material from molecular clouds in interstellar space. This "ultra-primitive" material likely wafted into the atmosphere after the Earth passed through the...

2009-08-17 12:34:00

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) "Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our discovery...

2009-08-17 15:27:08

U.S. space agency scientists say they've found glycine, a basic building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet, said Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Our discovery supports the theory that some of life's ingredients formed in space and were delivered to Earth long ago by meteorite...

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2009-08-17 12:35:00

NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. "Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our discovery supports the theory that some of life's ingredients formed in space and were delivered to Earth long ago by meteorite...

2009-07-21 07:34:00

LOS ANGELES, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) presents "Sunbird," a numbered, limited edition chapbook of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed short story, with new art by Julie Dillon. Each chapbook comes with a 5ml bottle of Sunbird perfume oil blend from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. This edition is limited to 1000 copies. 250 will be sold by CBLDF at San Diego Comic Con 2008, and the remainder will go on sale July 30, 2009, at http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com. The retail...

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2009-04-21 08:23:54

An international team of scientists has found some of the most primitive matter containing abundant interstellar material analyzed to date amongst dust particles collected from the upper atmosphere by NASA aircraft. The samples were gathered in April 2003 during the Earth's passage through the dust stream left behind by comet 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup. Dr Henner Busemann of the University of Manchester will present the results at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University...

2009-01-13 11:52:00

Stardust-NExT on Its Way to Explore Comet Tempel 1 DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 14, NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft will fly by Earth during a gravity assist maneuver that will increase its velocity and sling shot the spacecraft into an orbit to meet up with comet Tempel 1 in February 2011. Flight operations for the spacecraft are performed from Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area in Denver, Colo. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. provides the precision...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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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