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Comet ISON Bubbles, Reveals Secrets of Early Solar System

July 24th, 2013

Though more than three million miles distant, Comet ISON, also known as the “soda pop” comet, is putting on quite a show for the planet’s best equipped observatories. The active comet is headed heads towards a close encounter with the sun in late November and will perhaps creates quite a spectacle in the night skies […]

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Asteroid Exploration

Second NASA Curiosity Mission Would Seek Evidence of Past Life on Mars

July 11th, 2013

NASA is refining plans for a second SUV-sized Curiosity rover mission to Mars in 2020 that would search for evidence of past biological activity, a potential international enterprise whose results may address the prospects for life elsewhere in the solar system and perhaps beyond. A 19-member Science Definition Team selected by NASA earlier this year […]

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Book Review: The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy

June 9th, 2013

The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy by Jim Bell; Sterling Publishing Co. Inc; New York, New York; (hard cover) $29.95; May 2013. This elegant, eye-catching book offers stunning photographs and illustrations that chronicle spacecraft exploits and astronomical observations. That’s the good […]

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Asteroid Exploration

2014 NASA Budget Starts Ambitious Asteroid Mission

April 11th, 2013

President Obama seeks steady NASA budgets of $17.7 billion through 2018 in the funding request he presented to Congress on Wednesday, enough to start the space agency on an ambitious mission to identify and maneuver an asteroid into lunar orbit, where U. S. astronauts could explore it as soon as 2021. The spending plan would […]

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President’s 2014 Budget May Feature Asteroid Capture, Human Exploration

April 6th, 2013

President Obama will likely seek Congressional endorsement for missions to robotically capture an asteroid and park the 500 ton space rock in a stable lunar orbit, where U. S. astronauts could pay a visit as early as 2021, according to U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson, of Florida, who chairs the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee, […]

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