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Comet Landing Spot Selected

The European Space Agency has picked a spot for the Philae lander touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. According to ESA, Site J offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the lander compared to the other candidate sites. Site J is on the ‘head’ of the comet. The backup landing zone, [...]

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CAT Scanning Asteroids: Planetary Defense, Space Mining Benefits

A nasty asteroid headed toward Earth is on a collision course – how best to protect our home turf? First of all, knowing its density and structure is important. Is it a rubble pile, solid as rock, Swiss cheese, has a core, or something else? With that information in hand, dealing with the threatening object [...]

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Invitation: Get Onboard a Time Capsule to an Asteroid!

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is slated to launch toward an asteroid in 2016. And thanks to an innovative participation project, you can take part in an Asteroid Time Capsule – an initiative to collect ideas from the public about space exploration 10 years from now. Called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), the spacecraft will rendezvous [...]

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Citizen Forums on Asteroids – You’re Invited!

Can we protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts? What do we do if we find an asteroid that threatens Earth? How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? These kind of provocative questions deserve public participation…and now you can take part in the dialogue. Innovative project Thanks to an innovative project between NASA and a [...]

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Habitable Planets: Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em Worlds

So close, yet so far…Gliese 832 c is the nearest best habitable world candidate to date. An international team of astronomers, led by Robert Wittenmyer from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have reported the discovery of a new potentially habitable Super-Earth around the nearby red-dwarf star Gliese 832 – a mere hop, skip [...]

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