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Tue Jan 27



NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s. [...]




Tue Jan 27



Surface impressions of Rosettas comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Images of Rosettas target comet resolve structures as small as 330 feet (100 meters) across. [...]




Tue Jan 27



Does Humanitys Destiny Lie in Interstellar Space Travel? (Op-Ed)
Space [SPACE]
Will humanity ever escape this solar system? [...]




Mon Jan 26



NASA Highlights Mars, Earth and Other Science at AGU Event
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on Earth and space science topics at the next weeks American Geophysical Union meeting. [...]




Tue Jan 27



Gigantic ring system around J1407b much larger, heavier than Saturn’s
Spacefellowship.com [SYSTEM]
Astronomers at the Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands, and the University of Rochester, USA, have discovered that the ring system that they see eclipse the very young Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn. The ring system – the first of its kind to be found outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by a team led by Rochester’s Eric Mamajek. A new analysis of the data, led by Leiden’s Matthew Kenworthy, shows tha [...]




Mon Jan 26



Google Lunar XPrize Milestone Awards Announced
Space [LUNAR]
Five teams just hit their milestones — totaling more than $5 million — in the race for the Google Lunar XPrize. [...]




Tue Jan 27



Cold Dark Matter
Stardate.org [DARK]
To catch the whisper of a passing particle of dark matter, two experiments in northern Minnesota get cold. One of them, in fact, is chilled to a few thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. Dark matter appears to make up about five-sixths of all the matter in the universe. Astronomers see it on large scales because it exerts a strong gravitational pull on the normal matter around it. Yet no one has ever seen an individual bit of dark matter. It rarely interacts with normal matter in any wa [...]




Mon Jan 26



Negative Progress Towards Putting Humans on Mars
Nasawatch [MARS]
Bolden "people are always saying we're 20 years from Mars. I think we're about to go under that"- NASA Watch (NASAWatch) January 26, 2015 Report of the Space Task Group 1969 "NASA carry out a successful program to land man on Mars within 15 years" 2015 [...]




Mon Jan 26



Astronomy Cast Ep. 365: Gaia
Universetoday [ASTRONOMY]
The European Gaia spacecraft launched about a year ago with the ambitious goal of mapping one billion years in the Milky Way. That's 1 of all the stars in our entire galaxy, which it will monitor about 70 times over its 5-year mission. If all goes well, we'll learn an enormous amount about the structure, [...]




Mon Jan 26



J Marks the Spot for Rosettas Lander
jpl.nasa.gov [LANDER]
The European Space Agencys Rosetta mission has chosen the primary and backup cometary landing sites for its November landing attempt. [...]

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