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Thu Dec 8



NASA Spots the Great Pumpkin: Halloween Asteroid a Treat for Radar Astronomers
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of an asteroid with optical observatories and radar capabilities of the Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. [...]




Thu Dec 8



Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
A dramatic outburst from Rosettas target comet is recorded by several instruments, including the Double Focusing Mass Spectrometer, which uses NASA-built electronics. [...]




Thu Dec 8



Dawn Glimpses Ceres North Pole
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
After spending more than a month in orbit on the dark side of dwarf planet Ceres, NASAs Dawn spacecraft has captured several views of the sunlit north pole of this intriguing world. [...]




Thu Dec 8



John Glenn
Nasawatch [JOHN]
Statement by the President on the Passing of John Glenn "The last of Americas first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn." Statement by NASA Administrator Bolden on the Passing of John Glenn "The entire NASA Family will be forever grateful for his outstanding service, commitment and friendship. Personally, I shall mis [...]




Thu Dec 8



Giant Telescopes Pair Up to Image Near-Earth Asteroid
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet. [...]




Thu Dec 8



Moon and Spica
Stardate.org [MOON]
Spica, the leading light of Virgo, stands to the right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. The bright planet Jupiter is above Spica. The Spica system consists of two massive, brilliant stars in a very tight orbit. [...]




Thu Dec 8



Japan Ready for Launch as Station Crew Focuses on Space Research
Spacefellowship.com [SPACE]
Japan is getting ready to roll out its H-IIB rocket today at the Tanegashima Space Center for a launch Friday at 8:26 a.m. EST to the International Space Station. Riding atop the H-IIB rocket is the Kounotori HTV-6 cargo craft that will take a four-day flight to the station before its capture and installation to the Harmony module Tuesday morning. Onboard the station, Commander Shane Kimbrough set up gear and ran test runs for the Capillary Flow Experiment-2 today to study how liquids such as [...]




Thu Dec 8



ESO Survey Shows Dark Matter to be Pretty “Smooth”
Universetoday [DARK]
A new study produced by an international team of researchers shows that Dark Matter may be more smoothly distributed than previously thought The post <a rel="nofollow" href="Today. [...]




Thu Dec 8



MDA Scores a Win in Long Sought After Satellite Servicing Business Segment
SpacerefCanada [SATELLITE]
It seems patience pays off. NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) yesterday announced that MDAs U.S. subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) has won a $127 million contract to develop the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus which will be used to service a government satellite in low earth orbit. [...]




Thu Dec 8



Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [ORBIT]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. [...]

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