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        November 25, 2020
        CSIRO research vessel Investigator films meteor break up over ocean

        Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 20, 2020
        The vision, which was captured by the ship's livestream camera, shows the extremely bright meteor crossing the sky in front of the ship and then breaking up over the ocean. The meteor, which was bright green, was spotted by the bridge crew and reported to the science staff on board. They were amazed to find that the meteor had been captured perfectly by the ship's livestream camera, which beams live vision from the ship 24/7. CSIRO Voyage Manager on board RV Investigator John Hooper sa ... read more
        SwRI scientists expand space instrument's capabilities
        San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 18, 2020
        A new study by Southwest Research Institute scientists describes how they have expanded the capabilities of the prototype spaceflight instrument Chemistry Organic and Dating Experiment (CODEX), desi ... more
        DESTINY+ as Germany and Japan begin new asteroid mission
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 13, 2020
        How did life arrive on Earth? To investigate this and to address fundamental questions about the evolution of celestial bodies in our Solar System, the Japanese-German space mission DESTINY+ (Demons ... more
        Weighing space dust with radar
        Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 12, 2020
        It is thought that over 1,000 kilograms of so-called interplanetary dust falls to Earth every day. This dust is essentially an untold number of small faint meteors, discarded remnants of asteroids a ... more
        SwRI scientist studies tiny craters on Bennu boulders to understand asteroid's age
        San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 11, 2020
        Last week NASA snagged a sample from the surface of asteroid Bennu, an Empire State Building-sized body that Southwest Research Institute scientists have helped map with nearly unprecedented precisi ... more
        The craters on Earth
        Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Nov 04, 2020
        Prof. Dr. Thomas Kenkmann, geologist from the University of Freiburg's Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, together with mineralogist Prof. Dr. Wolf Uwe Reimold from the University of Bra ... more
        First scientific instrument installed on Lucy
        San Antonio TX (SPX) Nov 03, 2020
        Before the NASA Lucy mission can begin its long journey to the Trojan asteroids, the first scientific camera to be delivered to the spacecraft had to take a 1,500 mile journey across the continental ... more
        Asteroid's scars tell stories of its past
        Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 02, 2020
        By studying impact marks on the surface of asteroid Bennu - the target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission - a team of researchers led by the University of Arizona has uncovered the asteroid's past and rev ... more
        A subterranean ecosystem in the Chicxulub Crater
        Houston TX (SPX) Nov 02, 2020
        A new study reveals that the Chicxulub impact crater and its hydrothermal system hosted a subterranean ecosystem that could provide a glimpse of Earth's primordial life. The Chicxulub impact c ... more
        Eclipses of Stars by Near-Earth Asteroids Might Help Save Earth
        Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        David Dunham, of the International Occultation Timing Association (composed mainly of dedicated amateur astronomers), and Marc Buie, Southwest Research Institute, coordinated the efforts of scores o ... more
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        Amateurs Reshape Asteroids from Their Backyard
        Mountain View CA (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        Marseille, France and Mountain View, CA: There are nearly one million catalogued asteroids, but we don't know much about many of them. Now Unistellar and its scientific partner, the SETI Institute, ... more
        NASA's OSIRIS-REx stows sample of Asteroid Bennu for return trip
        Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft's Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and its abunda ... more
        Asteroid Ryugu shaken by Hayabusa2's impactor
        Kobe, Japan (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        Professor ARAKAWA Masahiko (Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Japan) and members of the Hayabusa2 mission discovered more than 200 boulders ranging from 30cm to 6m in size, which either n ... more
        Ancient ice on Comet 67P 'fluffier than cappuccino froth'
        Berlin, Germany (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        After years of detective work, scientists working on the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission have now been able to locate where the Philae lander made its second and penultimate contact with ... more
        Astronomers Discover Activity on Distant Planetary Object
        Flagstaff AZ (SPX) Oct 29, 2020
        Centaurs are minor planets believed to have originated in the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system. They sometimes have comet-like features such as tails and comae - clouds of dust particles and ga ... more
        "Fireball" meteorite contains pristine extraterrestrial organic compounds

        Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 28, 2020
        On the night of January 16, 2018, a fireball meteor streaked across the sky over the Midwest and Ontario before landing on a frozen lake in Michigan. Scientists used weather radar to find where the pieces landed and meteorite hunters were able to collect the meteorite quickly, before its chemical makeup got changed by exposure to liquid water. And, as a new paper in Meteoritics and Planetary Science shows, that gave scientists a glimpse of what space rocks are like when they're still in outer space--inc ... read more
        SwRI study offers more complete view of massive asteroid Psyche
        San Antonio TX (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
        A new study authored by Southwest Research Insti-tute planetary scientist Dr. Tracy Becker discusses several new views of the asteroid 16 Psyche, including the first ultraviolet observations. The st ... more

        Pristine extraterrestrial compounds recovered from fallen fireball
        Washington DC (UPI) Oct 27, 2020
        On a cold winter night in 2018, when a fireball streaked across the skies above Canada and the Midwest, a team of meteor hunters turned to weather radar to pinpoint its likely landing spot. ... more
        NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft goes for early stow of asteroid sample
        Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
        NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early stow on Tuesday, Oct. 27, of the large sample it collected last week from the surface of the asteroid Bennu to protect and return as much of th ... more
        NASA invites students to join Lucy Mission in space contest
        Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2020
        Kicking off the one-year countdown to the launch of NASA's Lucy mission, middle and high school students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Lucy in Space contest starting today. ... more
        NASA works to head off losing too much Osiris-Rex asteroid dust
        Washington (AFP) Oct 23, 2020
        NASA said Friday that its robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex had succeeded in collecting a large sample of particles from the Bennu asteroid this week - but so much that it was leaking. ... more
        NASA Johnson builds labs to study new asteroid samples, cosmic mysteries
        Houston TX (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
        When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touches asteroid Bennu, it will capture NASA's first sample from an asteroid and provide rare specimens for research that scientists hop ... more
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