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Hershel Links Jupiter's Water to Comet Impact
Hershel Links Jupiter's Water to Comet Impact

ESA's Herschel space observatory has solved a long-standing mystery as to the origin of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, finding conclusive evidence that it was delivered by the dramatic impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in July 1994.
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Three From JPL On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List
Three From JPL On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List

On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth.
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How to Target an Asteroid
How to Target an Asteroid

The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid.
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NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test
NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test

An infrared sensor that could improve NASA's future detecting and tracking of asteroids and comets has passed a critical design test.
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Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014
Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014

Based on data through April 7, 2013, the latest orbital plot places the comet's closest approach to Mars slightly closer than previous estimates, at about 68,000 miles (110,000 kilometers).
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NASA Associate Administrator Statements on the Asteroid Initiative in the FY 2014 Budget Request
NASA Associate Administrator Statements on the Asteroid Initiative in the FY 2014 Budget Request

"The ambitious mission to rendezvous, capture and redirect a small asteroid to Earth-moon space could not be accomplished without solar electric propulsion technology. ..."
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Asteroid Explorer
Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2:" Name and Message Campaign

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the asteroid explorer "Hayabusa2"*1 on the H-IIA Launch Vehicle in 2014.
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Sun
NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON

Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have used NASA's Swift satellite to check out comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), which may become one of the most dazzling in decades when it rounds the sun later this year.
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NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History
NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History

NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon has more in common than previously thought with large asteroids roaming our solar system.
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Asteroids
Additional Details on the Large Feb. 15 Fireball over Russia

New data fill in some gaps in the story of a fireball that entered Earth's atmosphere near Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15.
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