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New Type of Mineral Found in Historic Meteorite
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Researchers have identified a new mineral named 'Wassonite' in a meteorite that was discovered in 1969. The discovery was made by examining the meteorite was examined using 21st-century nanotechnology.

Frozen Comet had Watery Past
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Scientists have found evidence for the presence of liquid water in a comet. The discovery changes current thinking about the nature of comets, and could have implications for the search for life in our solar system.

Meteorite Sprinkles on Fresh Baked Earth and Mars
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Micro-meteorites may have caused the climates of Earth and Mars to cool four billion years ago. These tiny meteorites could have bombarded the planets, making it difficult for life to survive during this early period in the Solar System.

The Mystery of Spring's Many Meteors
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Spring is a time for fireballs. The rate of bright meteors climbs during this time of year, making spring a great time for astrobiologists to watch the skies.

When is an Asteroid not an Asteroid?
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to enter orbit around the 'minor planet' Vesta. The data that Dawn returns will help astrobiologists understand how small rocky bodies in our solar system were formed.

StarDust's Firey Farewell
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
NASA's Stardust spacecraft has sent its last transmission to Earth. Since its launch in 1999, Stardust has provided astrobiologists with a wealth of data about the composition and nature of comets.

Earthquake Shakes Japanese Science
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
The particle accelerator being used to analyze asteroid samples returned to Earth by by the Hayabusa spacecraft was damaged in the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Researchers have reported that the samples are undamaged and the accelerator will be repaire

What's Hitting Earth?
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
NASA is deploying a network of cameras across the USA to determine the origin of the 100 tons of meteoroids that enter the Earth's atmosphere every day. The answer could help astrobiologists understand the potential role of meteorids in delivering materials to the Earth that were essential for the origin of life.

Vesta Target Practice
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
In preparation for entering orbit around the second most massive body in the asteroid belt, NASA's Dawn mission has been practicing mapping Vesta's surface.

Alert to the Approach of Asteroid Apophis
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Astronomers have taken the first new images in over three years of the potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroid Apophis. The images will help astrobiologists determine the risk of the asteroid colliding with Earth in the future.

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