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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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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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Comets Viewed as Breeding Ground for Life

March 6th, 2013

Those wispy worlds of ice know as comets may be linked to kick-starting life on Earth. Experiments by chemists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Hawaii, Manoa, suggest that conditions in space are capable of creating complex dipeptides – linked pairs of amino acids. These are essential building blocks shared by […]

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Attention All Skywatchers! Comet Spotting Alert

March 2nd, 2013

The first of this year’s two potential bright comets is visible for those who can see low on the western horizon. Officially called comet 2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), this comet is expected to first become viewable March 8 in the northern hemisphere by looking (with a set of binoculars) towards the western horizon just after sunset. […]

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Asteroid Drama Prompts Disaster Concerns

February 18th, 2013

The skies have spoken, and their message was one of concern. Early Friday, while people around the world watched and waited for an asteroid half the size of a football field, 2012 DA14, to skim by the Earth between the orbits of communications and navigational satellites, a smaller undetected asteroid fragment exploded over Russia, generating […]

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