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Sun Jul 5



NASAs WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. [...]




Sun Jul 5



NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft now are available online to the public. [...]




Sun Jul 5



Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close to Earth Sunday
jpl.nasa.gov [EARTH]
A house-sized asteroid will safely fly past Earth this Sunday, Sept. 7. The asteroid, 2014 RC, is about 60 feet (20 meters) wide. [...]




Sun Jul 5



Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [SPACE]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. [...]




Sun Jul 5



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 Jul 4



Red-faced Pluto Full of Surprises
Universetoday [RED]
Hey, Mars, you've got company. Looks like there's a second "red planet" in the Solar System — Pluto. Color images returned from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, now just 10 days from its encounter with the dwarf planet, show a distinctly ruddy surface with patchy markings that strongly resemble Mars' appearance in a small telescope.(...)Read the rest [...]




Sat Jul 4



NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky
jpl.nasa.gov [SKY]
A NASA spacecraft using infrared imaging discovered 40 near-Earth objects in one year and observed many others, including a comet that has become this months brightest. [...]




Sat Jul 4



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. [...]




Sun Jul 5



New Horizons Is In Safe Mode - But Improving
Nasawatch [MODE]
New Horizons Spacecraft In Safe Mode "The New Horizons spacecraft experienced an anomaly the afternoon of July 4 that led to a loss of communication with Earth. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy. The mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, lost contact with the unmanned spacecraft -- now 10 days from arrival at Pluto -- at 1:54 p.m. EDT, and regained communications with New Horizons [...]




Sun Jul 5



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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