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Sun Apr 19



Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information. [...]




Sun Apr 19



NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
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. [...]




Sun Apr 19



Radar Images of Asteroid 2005 WK4
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013. [...]




Sat Apr 18



Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
As NASAs Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. [...]




Sun Apr 19



Best Space Stories of the Week – April 19, 2015
Space [SPACE]
SpaceX nearly pulled off an unprecedented rocket landing during a cargo launch to the International Space Station and NASAs New Horizons probe returned its first color image of Pluto. Heres a look at Space.coms top stories of the week. [...]




Sun Apr 19



Capitol Hill Policy Update for March 30th to April 13th
Space-Frontier-Foundation [UPDATE]
Space Policy Update: Issue #17 April 13th, 2015 Asteroid Redirect Redirected to Mars   NASA Advisory Council Finds NASA Should Go to Mars Instead of Asteroids. The NASA Advisory Council (NAC) "unanimously adopted a finding that" NASA should replace the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) with a mission to go to Mars instead. The finding is not a recommendation, [...]




Sun Apr 19



Meteorites III
Stardate.org [METEORITES]
The Lyrid meteor shower is building toward its peak on Tuesday night. The best views come in the wee hours of the morning, when your part of Earth turns most directly into the meteor stream. And there’s no moonlight to spoil the view. The meteors are particles of rock from a comet. They splash into Earth’s atmosphere at blazing-fast speeds, so they vaporize as streaks of light. The particles in a meteor shower are so small that they completely burn up. But a few random meteors are big enough t [...]




Sat Apr 18



Look Up! Celebrate International Dark-Sky Week This Weekend
Space [SKY]
A Maine photographer is joining forces with dark-sky advocates to say that people must be careful about where they direct their lights. [...]




Sat Apr 18



Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
jpl.nasa.gov [WATER]
Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASAs Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surface. [...]




Sat Apr 18



The Universes Largest Galaxies Rotted From the Inside Out 
Gizmodo.com [LARGEST]
Littered across the cosmos are massive, dead galaxies, containing roughly half the stars in the known Universe. Much about these cosmic graveyards remains a mystery, but a study published yesterday in Science study offers additional insight into their death: They rotted from the inside out. [...]

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