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Sat Oct 25



NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that its a comet. [...]




Sat Oct 25



Rosetta: To Chase a Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft carries three NASA instruments. [...]




Sat Oct 25



SpaceX Dragon Departs Space Station after Delivering Slew of Science
Universetoday [SPACE]
Concluding a busy five week mission, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-4 commercial cargo ship departed the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, Oct. 25, after delivering a slew of some 2.5 tons of ground breaking science experiments and supplies that also inaugurated a new era in Earth science at the massive orbiting outpost following installation of [...]




Sat Oct 25



Huge Solar Flare Erupts from Biggest Sunspot in 24 Years (Photos)
Space [SOLAR]
The sun unleashed a major solar flare from a colossal sunspot on Friday (Oct. 24), the fourth big flare from the star in less than a week. The sunspot is the largest active region on the sun in the last 24 years, NASA scientists say. [...]




Fri Oct 24



Hands-On: OBERWERK MARINER 8x40 Binoculars for Sky-Watching
Space [BINOCULARS]
Massing 37oz, with a wide 8.4° field of view and 5mm of exit pupil, these are excellent ‘grab and go’ binoculars for anything outdoors. Space.com’s DavidSkyBrody shows you the good and not-so-good features. [...]




Sat Oct 25



NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agencys Dawn spacecraft. [...]




Sat Oct 25



Dawn Mission Video Shows Vestas Coat of Many Colors
jpl.nasa.gov [VIDEO]
A new video from NASAs Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Sat Oct 25



Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice
jpl.nasa.gov [VESTA]
Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years. [...]




Fri Oct 24



First private mission to the moon blasts off aboard a Chinese rocket
Engadget [MISSION]
A Chinese Long March rocket has blasted off for a lunar flyby today, bringing with it a spacecraft for what claims to be the first privately funded mission to the moon. This spacecraft (attached to the rockets upper stage) is a 31-pound vehicle called 4M manufactured by Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace. 4M will be broacasting signals throughout the duration of its journey (it has already started doing so), and anybody on Earth is welcome to try and receive/decode those messages. In fact, th [...]




Fri Oct 24



Mass gaging system will measure fuel transfer in zero gravity
Sciencedaily [GRAVITY]
Transfer of super-cooled or cryogenic fuel from one tank to another in the zero gravity of space may one day be a reality. But the challenges of measuring fuels and fuel levels in the weightlessness of space must be solved first. A newly developed sensor technology that will be tested on the early suborbital flights of Virgin Galactics SpaceShipTwo in 2015. [...]

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