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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 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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New Horizons
At Pluto, Moons and Debris May Be Hazardous to New Horizons Spacecraft Aims to Steer Clear of 'Debris Zones' During 2015 Flyby

As New Horizons has traveled through space, its science team has become increasingly aware of the possibility that dangerous debris may be orbiting in the Pluto system, putting the spacecraft and its exploration objectives into harm's way.
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NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids
NASA's WISE Colors in Unknowns on Jupiter Asteroids

Scientists have uncovered new clues in the ongoing mystery of the Jovian Trojans -- asteroids that orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter.
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Giant Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet
Giant Asteroid's Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet

Enormous troughs that wrap around the giant asteroid Vesta may actually be dropped blocks of terrain bounded by fault lines, suggesting a geologic complexity beyond that of most asteroids.
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NASA Dawn Spacecraft Sees Hydrated Minerals on Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar.
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Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror
Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror

NASA's Dawn mission is releasing two parting views of the giant asteroid Vesta.
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Dawn has Departed the Giant Asteroid Vesta
Dawn has Departed the Giant Asteroid Vesta

Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn is now officially on its way to its second destination, the dwarf planet Ceres.
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NASA Dawn Mission to Host 'Hasta La Vesta' Google+ Hangout

Join NASA's Dawn mission at noon on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 for a Google+ Hangout featuring mission team members and fans as the spacecraft says hasta la vista to its host, asteroid Vesta, and sets its sights on the dwarf planet Ceres.
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NASA Announces Asteroid Naming Contest for Students

Students worldwide have an opportunity to name an asteroid from which an upcoming NASA mission will return the first samples to Earth.
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