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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
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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Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8
Nine Radar Images of Asteroid 2007 PA8

A collage shows nine radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8 that were obtained between Oct. 31 and Nov. 13, 2012.
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NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8
NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have obtained several radar images depicting near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8.
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Scientists Monitor Comet Breakup
Scientists Monitor Comet Breakup

The Hergenrother comet is currently traversing the inner-solar system.
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Asteroids
Asteroid Belts at Just the Right Place are Friendly to Life

Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they are dependent on the presence of asteroid belts of just the right mass.
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Dawn
Dawn Sees 'Young' Surface on Giant Asteroid

Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face.
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