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Will NASA’s Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres? – The Register


The Register

Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?
The Register
The Dawn spacecraft has used its three xenon-powered thrusters, along with a tricky gravity assist from Mars, to conduct its mission. In 2011 it successfully made it into orbit around the massive asteroid Vesta and spent 14 months making high and low
Dwarf Planet Ceres: Biggest in the Asteroid Belt (Infographic)Space.com
NASA Dawn craft now orbiting Ceres in asteroid beltCTV News
Dwarf planet welcomes first visitor, NASA spacecraft now circling Ceres in Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 8:19 pm

This date in science: Breakup of an asteroid – EarthSky


This date in science: Breakup of an asteroid
EarthSky
March 6, 2014. On this date, The Astrophysical Journal Letters published a study of the first-ever-seen breakup of an asteroid. The asteroid had been discovered in September, 2013, in the Catalina and Pan-STARRS sky surveys. It was designated P/2013 R3.

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Posted on 6 March 2015 | 1:14 pm

Dealing with Asteroid Threats: UN Completes First Planning Phase – Space.com


Space.com

Dealing with Asteroid Threats: UN Completes First Planning Phase
Space.com
A special United Nations team on hazardous asteroids has been dissolved after completing its task of setting up organizations to deal with planet-threatening space rocks. The UN's Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful …

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 12:51 pm

Asteroid crash? We won’t even see it coming – Bristol Post


Bristol Post

Asteroid crash? We won't even see it coming
Bristol Post
NASA's Dawn spacecraft will settle into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet about the width of France. Whilst Pluto was recently demoted from its title of planet to dwarf planet, Ceres was upgraded to dwarf planet from being a mere asteroid. Ceres sits
NASA spacecraft nears orbit with Ceres, mysterious bright spotsExtremeTech
NASA probe closes in on Ceres, sees unusual lightsCBS News
Dawn Spacecraft Arrives At Ceres: New Pictures Of The Largest Almost-Planet In Huffington Post UK
Vox -Wall Street Journal -Space.com
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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 9:16 am

Panasonic’s Lithium Primary Batteries Mounted in the Asteroid Explorer … – Business Wire (press release)


Business Wire (press release)

Panasonic's Lithium Primary Batteries Mounted in the Asteroid Explorer
Business Wire (press release)
OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panasonic's lithium primary batteries have been mounted in the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2”* launched on December 3, 2014. Three models of BR series** cylindrical-type lithium primary batteries (BR-A, BR-1/2AA, and …
Microgravity roversThe Economist

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Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:01 am

Why Would Anyone Want to Mine Asteroids? – MIT Technology Review (blog)


MIT Technology Review (blog)

Why Would Anyone Want to Mine Asteroids?
MIT Technology Review (blog)
These materials are so expensive that one company thinks it could be economical to send spacecraft to retrieve them from asteroids. But that's not the only reason to mine these space rocks. They also contain water and metals like nickel and cobalt that

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 6:05 pm

It Would Take an Asteroid This Big to Wipe Out the Entire Human Race – RYOT


RYOT

It Would Take an Asteroid This Big to Wipe Out the Entire Human Race
RYOT
“There are a large number of variables to consider in predicting the effects and damage from any asteroid impact, making simulations such as these very complex,” Detlef Koschny, head of near-Earth-object activities at the European Space Agency's Space …

Posted on 3 March 2015 | 1:05 am

What Would Happen If A Gigantic Asteroid Hit Earth? This. (VIDEO) – Huffington Post Canada


What Would Happen If A Gigantic Asteroid Hit Earth? This. (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Canada
The Discovery Channel ran a simulation to see what damage a gigantic asteroid hitting our planet would cause — and whether or not it would be an extinction-level event, as is so commonly depicted in movies. It turns out that yes, sadly, we'd be

Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:09 pm

A visit to the asteroids – The Economist


The Economist

A visit to the asteroids
The Economist
FOLLOWING Pluto's demotion from that hallowed status in 2006, a generation of schoolchildren has grown up learning that the solar system has eight planets. But it came close to having nine. The asteroid belt, a ring of spacegoing rubble between the
Did I Say There Was ONE Shiny Spot on the Asteroid Ceres?Slate Magazine (blog)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft releases images showing another bright spot on CeresFox News
Spacewatch: Dawn's arrival at CeresThe Guardian
Smithsonian -euronews
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Posted on 28 February 2015 | 3:20 pm

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars – Scientific American


Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars
Scientific American
A new study suggests that Mars was once hit by an asteroid so large that it melted nearly half of the planet's surface. Researchers came to this conclusion while studying a strange feature known as the Martian hemispheric dichotomy—a dramatic drop in …

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Posted on 25 February 2015 | 6:30 pm

Asteroid – Yahoo News Search Results

NASA space probe 'Dawn' enters orbit of dwarf planet

The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said. The probe — the first to orbit a dwarf planet — will stay over the mysterious body for 16 months to study its structure and gather clues to help mankind better understand how Earth and the other …

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 10:00 pm

Probe reaches mystery dwarf planet

A US spacecraft has started orbiting a mysterious "mini-world" in the asteroid belt after a journey through space lasting 7.5 years.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 3:51 pm

Ready, set, orbit: NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres in final stop

The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday. NASA's Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first exploration of a dwarf planet.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 2:52 pm

Dealing with Asteroid Threats: UN Completes First Planning Phase

The UN formally dissolved its Action Team 14, in recognition of the group's successful completion of its mandate to coordinate international mitigation efforts for near-Earth object (NEO) threats.

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 12:55 pm

NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

LOS ANGELES — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday. NASA's Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first exploration of a dwarf planet. Unlike other orbit captures that require thruster firings to slow down, the latest event is ho-hum by comparison, unfolding gradually and automatically. Since Dawn is …

Posted on 6 March 2015 | 12:10 pm

7 Strange Facts About Dwarf Planet Ceres

On Friday morning (March 6), NASA's Dawn spacecraft will arrive at Ceres, becoming the first probe ever to orbit a dwarf planet. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and the closest dwarf planet to Earth. Dawn is expected to provide a wealth of information about Ceres' evolution and composition. While Dawn's work will be the first in-depth examination of …

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 4:43 pm

What Would It Be Like to Live On Dwarf Planet Ceres in the Asteroid Belt?

The aptly named asteroid belt is a region of space between Mars and Jupiter that's home to the majority of the asteroids in the solar system. In recent years, asteroid belt objects have gained much attention as potential locations for future space mining operations that seek to harvest water for long-distance space missions (water can be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make rocket fuel …

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:31 pm

Panasonic's Lithium Primary Batteries Mounted in the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2"

Panasonic’s lithium primary batteries have been mounted in the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2”* launched on December 3, 2014. Three models of BR series** cylindrical-type lithium primary batteries with an extensive shelf life have been mounted this time.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:00 am

NASA spacecraft nears encounter with dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA spacecraft called Dawn is about to become the first mission to orbit a dwarf planet when it slips into orbit Friday around Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt. The mission aims to shed light on the origins of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, from its "rough and tumble environment of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter," said mission director Marc Rayman of …

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:24 pm

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

An ancient, global-scale impact could explain the Red Planet’s mysterious “two-faced” appearance — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Posted on 25 February 2015 | 6:18 pm