This artist’s animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. Asteroids are chunks of rock from “failed” planets, which never managed to coalesce into full-sized planets. Asteroid belts can be thought of as construction sites that accompany the building of rocky planets. Announced on April 28, 2010, scientists using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility have detected water-ice and carbon-based organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid. The cold hard facts of the discovery of the frosty mixture on one of the asteroid belt’s largest occupants, suggests that some asteroids, along with their celestial brethren, comets, were the water carriers for a primordial Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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#DYK: NASA's Perseverance rover, scheduled to launch in July, will be protected during its space journey & entry to Mars by a special heat shield & aeroshell built by #CDSE member @LockheedMartin, which has built aeroshell systems for every single NASA mission to the Red Planet.
A strong statement written to the space community about our responsibility to come together to address racism, injustice, and social ills from @JeffManber, CEO of @Nanoracks. Well worth reading, and considering. https://twitter.com/jeffmanber/status/1268275747057291264
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