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Rare Meteorite Spurs Hunt for Fragments
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
05/16/12
A fragment recovered from the "Sutter's Mill Meteorite," which fell to Earth on April 22, has been generously donated to NASA. Now, research on the meteorite fragment could bring answers to unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life.

Beautiful Vesta
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
05/14/12
Six papers on results of the Dawn spacecraft's exploration of the protoplanet Vesta were published on May 11, detailing a plethora of new discoveries.

Vesta Collision Occurred More Recently Than Thought
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
05/11/12
New research shows that a giant impact crater on the Asteroid (4) Vesta was created much more recently than previously thought.

Meteor Explodes Over California
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/29/12
On April 22, 2012, a fireball over the skies of central/northern California was accompanied by a loud explosion. The source was a meteoroid about the size of a minivan.

Dawn Reveals Secrets of Vesta's History
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/28/12
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed the varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes, and clues about the internal structure of the asteroid Vesta.

A Plan to Mine Asteroids
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/27/12
A private company has announced plans to mine Near-Earth Asteroids for raw materials ranging from water to precious metals.

Intense Asteroid Impacts on Early Earth
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/25/12
New research reveals that the Archean era experienced far more major asteroid impacts than had been previously thought.

You Could Target Asteroids
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/20/12
A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects.

NASA’s SWIFT Monitors Comet Garradd
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/17/12
An unusually dust-rich comet is helping astrobiologists understand how comets change as they move farther away from the Sun.

Impacts Could be Boon for Subterranean Life
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
04/16/12
A drilling project into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater has found evidence that the subsurface may become more habitable after a large impact.

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