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Fri Dec 19



NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Scientists working with NASAs 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have obtained several radar images depicting near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Asteroid 1998 QE2 to Sail Past Earth Nine Times Larger Than Cruise Ship
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Asteroid 1998 QE2 will get no closer than about 3.6 million miles at time of closest approach on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern). [...]




Fri Dec 19



Rosettas Target Comet is Becoming Active
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The target of ESAs Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the past six weeks. [...]




Fri Dec 19



How to Hunt a Space Rock
jpl.nasa.gov [SPACE]
A team of scientists from JPL needed some space. When a large fireball turned night into day over Battle Mountain, Nev. they knew they had their chance. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Dawn Mission Video Shows Vestas Coat of Many Colors
jpl.nasa.gov [VIDEO]
A new video from NASAs Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Private Moon-Drilling Mission Raises Over $1 Million via Crowdfunding
Space [MOON]
An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Summer Triangle: Asterism of 3 Stars From 3 Constellations
Space [STARS]
The Summer Triangle is a Northern Hemisphere asterism (star pattern) that is actually an amalgamation of stars from three separate constellations. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Kepler Just Discovered a New Super-Earth, Against All Odds 
Gizmodo.com [KEPLER]
In May 2013, NASAs exoplanet-seeking spacecraft, Kepler , seemed doomed. Two of four wheels that stabilized its telescope had malfunctioned—and NASA appealed to scientists from around the world for ideas to salvage its mission. Yesterday, it announced the discovery of a brand-new super-Earth 180 light years from our own. [...]




Fri Dec 19



Time Travel and Wormholes: Physicist Kip Thornes Wildest Theories
Space [PHYSICIST]
Kip Thorne, the physicist who brought real science to the movie "Interstellar," has a history of coming up with ideas that sound straight out of science fiction. Weve rounded up three of Thornes most mind-bending theories — at least one of which may hav [...]




Thu Dec 18



Signs of Europa plumes remain elusive in search of Cassini data
Sciencedaily [DATA]
A fresh look at data collected by NASAs Cassini spacecraft during its 2001 flyby of Jupiter shows that Europas tenuous atmosphere is even thinner than previously thought and also suggests that the thin, hot gas around the moon does not show evidence of plume activity occurring at the time of the flyby. The new research provides a snapshot of Europas state of activity at that time, and suggests that if there is plume activity, it is likely intermittent. [...]

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