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New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

Like many of us, New Horizons is starting the new year with a workout regimen. After six months of cruising quietly through the outer solar system, NASA's Pluto-bound spacecraft came out of hibernation last weekend for three weeks of activity.
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NASA Rules Out Earth Impact in 2036 for Asteroid Apophis
NASA Rules Out Earth Impact in 2036 for Asteroid Apophis

NASA scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., effectively have ruled out the possibility the asteroid Aphophis will impact Earth during a close flyby in 2036.
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Herschel Intercepts Asteroid Apophis
Herschel Intercepts Asteroid Apophis

ESA's Herschel space observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this weekend.
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Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust
Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust

NASA-funded researchers analyzing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.
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Picture This: Vesta's Dark Materials in Dawn's View
Picture This: Vesta's Dark Materials in Dawn's View

A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
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Meteors & Meteorites
Quadrantids Create Year's First Meteor Shower

Unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last a few hours, so it's the morning of Jan. 3 or nothing.
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Dawn Journal

Dawn concludes 2012 almost 13,000 times farther from Vesta than it began the year.
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Deep Space Network
Asteroid Toutatis Slowly Tumbles by Earth

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have generated a series of radar data images of a three-mile-long (4.8-kilometer) asteroid that made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, 2012.
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What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?
What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?

In a preliminary analysis of images from NASA's Dawn mission, scientists have spotted intriguing gullies that sculpt the walls of geologically young craters on the giant asteroid Vesta.
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New Horizons
Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Today the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft passed the halfway point between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune.
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