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Thu Oct 30



Dawn Sees Hydrated Minerals on Giant Asteroid
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft has revealed that the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. [...]




Thu Oct 30



The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When to Blow Up a Rocket
Gizmodo.com [ROCKET]
When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practiced protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly surprising. [...]




Thu Oct 30



NASA Scientist Figures Way to Weigh Space Rock
jpl.nasa.gov [SPACE]
A scientist at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has accurately determined the mass of a nearby asteroid from millions of miles away. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Three Questions About Comet ISON
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Comet ISON will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13), skimming just 730,000 miles above its surface. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Dawn Gets Extra Time to Explore Vesta
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Ghost Light of Long-Dead Stars Haunt NASAs Hubble Telescope
Space [NASA]
NASA is adding a cosmic twist to Halloween with an unexpected find by the Hubble Space Telescope: eerie ghost light from the remains of a multi-galaxy massacre. See the photo here. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Observing Report: All-Arizona Star Party 2014
10minuteastronomy [STAR]
If it's late October or early November, it must be time for the All-Arizona Star Party. London and I headed out for it this past Saturday, Oct. 25. As in 2012, we were joined by the indefatigable Terry Nakazono. Here Terry and London pose for the obligatory "look how much crap we crammed into [...]




Thu Oct 30



Neil Armstrongs Moon Landing Insurance Cover to be Sold for Scholarships
Space [MOON]
Forty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong added his autograph to an envelope for one purpose: that it be sold to provide for his family in the event he did not make it back from the moon. Now, that iconic autograph is up for auction. [...]




Thu Oct 30



Looking at ORB-3 Antares Telemetry
Nasawatch [ORB]
Orbitals Statement Regarding Orb-3 Launch Mishap (UPDATE) "Telemetry data has been released to Orbital and our engineers presented a very quick look assessment to the Accident Investigation Board at the end of the day. It appears the Antares vehicle had a nominal pre-launch and launch sequence with no issues noted. All systems appeared to be performing nominally until approximately T+15 seconds at which point the failure occurred. Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first s [...]




Thu Oct 30



Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice
jpl.nasa.gov [DARK]
Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years. [...]

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