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Asteroids' close encounters with Mars

For nearly as long as astronomers have been able to observe asteroids, a question has gone unanswered: Why do the surfaces of most asteroids appear redder than meteorites—the remnants of asteroids that ...

dateNov 19, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Image: WISE catalog just got wiser

NASA's WISE mission has released a new and improved atlas and catalog brimming with data on three-quarters of a billion objects detected during two full scans of the sky.

dateNov 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Cosmic oddball

Some bodies have a very disturbing effect on the order in the solar system - P/2013 P5 is one of them. With several clearly visible tails, it may look like a comet, but orbits around the Sun within the asteroid ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Asteroid Vesta's mysterious olivine

(Phys.org) —Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated.

dateNov 07, 2013 in Space Exploration
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A crater as an abode for life

A new study shows how the heat generated from an asteroid impact could lead to a crater becoming a refuge for life, or even a potential birthplace for life's origin.

dateNov 04, 2013 in Space Exploration
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