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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.

Nov 04, 2013
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Getting ready for near-Earth asteroids

(Phys.org) —With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever ...

Feb 03, 2014
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Q&A: How life might expand in the universe

Michael Mautner, Ph.D., a research professor of chemistry in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences, studies how life might expand beyond Earth, using meteorites to find how ...

May 16, 2014
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How Sentinel will hunt for hidden asteroids

Asteroids of various sizes whiz past our planet all the time. Some we know about, but many we don't, and new ones are identified on an almost weekly basis. (In fact one such recently-discovered asteroid named 2014 HQ214, ...

Jun 06, 2014
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Retired star found with planets and debris disc

(Phys.org) —ESA's Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt – produced by colliding comets or asteroids – orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary system. The ...

Apr 09, 2013
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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.

Nov 15, 2013
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