Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars The University of Manchester

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a “cell-like” structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about

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ESA’s bug-eyed telescope to spot risky asteroids

Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once. As part of the global effort to hunt out

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Press Coverage of Flyby Sept 7 of small NEA 2014 RC

The small 20-m diameter NEA (about the same size as the Chelyabinsk meteor) flew by Earth on Sept 7, with a closest approach of 0.1 lunar distances. It is among the smallest known NEAs, and it was discovered just a

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Reports of Meteorite Strike in Nicaragua and Update on Asteroid 2014 RC

Reports in the media over the weekend that a small meteorite impacted in Nicaragua have yet to be confirmed. A loud explosion was heard near Managua’s international airport Saturday night, and photos of a 24-meter (80-foot) crater have been circulated.

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Small Asteroid to Pass Close by Earth on September 7 (2014 RC)

A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to the Earth on Sunday, 7 September 2014. This small asteroid was initially discovered on the night of 31 August by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson AZ, and

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Japan nears launch of probe to retrieve asteroid samples

The Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe, on track for liftoff this winter, will be shipped to its island launch base at the end of September for final preparations to start the most audacious space exploration mission ever attempted by Japan. The

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Asteroid Defense – Casualty in Chilled US-Russia Relations

Space cooperation and even asteroid defense agreements between the United States and Russian governments have been sacrificed as a result of poor international relations, but according to a spokeswoman for the private space foundation, B612, those political tensions will not

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Forces that hold rapidly spinning near-Earth asteroid together discovered

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. The team studied near-Earth asteroid 1950 DA and discovered that the body, which rotates extremely quickly, is

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Colliding Atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will pass by Mars only 132,000 km away–which would be like a comet passing about 1/3 of the distance between Earth and the Moon. The nucleus of the comet won’t hit Mars, but

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Rosetta Arrives At Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Rosetta now lie 405 million kilometres from Earth, about

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