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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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NASA's Dawn Prepares for Trek Toward Dwarf Planet
NASA's Dawn Prepares for Trek Toward Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft started its two-and-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres.
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Dawn Engineers Assess Reaction Wheel
Dawn Engineers Assess Reaction Wheel

Engineers working on NASA's Dawn spacecraft are assessing the status of a reaction wheel after onboard software powered it off on Aug. 8.
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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto
Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.
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Researchers: 2011 AG5 Will Likely Fly Safely Past Earth in 2040

Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040.
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Dawn Easing into its Final Science Orbit

After successfully completing nearly five months scrutinizing the giant asteroid Vesta at its lowest orbit altitude, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin its final major science data-gathering phase at Vesta on June 15.
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Asteroid 2011 AG5 - A Reality Check

Asteroid 2011 AG5 has been receiving a lot of attention lately because of a very unlikely scenario which would place it on an Earth-interception course 28 years from now. Here is a scientific reality check of this relatively nondescript space rock.
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Asteroid 2012 KT42 Buzzes Earth
Asteroid 2012 KT42 Buzzes Earth

Newly-discovered asteroid 2012 KT42 is flying past Earth today (May 29th) only ~14,000 km above the planet's surface. This means 2012 KT42 will actually fly inside the Clark Belt of geosynchronous satellites.
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NASA Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid
NASA Dawn Mission Reveals Secrets of Large Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and kinship with terrestrial planets and Earth's moon.
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