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RATS on an Asteroid
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists are now conducting a simulated mission to a near-Earth asteroid at the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Meteor Smoke Makes Strange Clouds
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: New research has shown that 'meteor smoke' may play a role in the formation of noctilucent clouds on Earth.

Extraterrestrial Origin of Quasicrystals
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: An expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals has provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space.

Bruce Willis Couldn't Save Us From Asteroid Doom
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A new study has shown that the method famously used to save Earth from a devastating asteroid impact in the movie Armageddon would not work in real life.

Two Comet Puzzles Solved
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: For the first time, scientists have modeled the trajectories of particles in the protoplanetary disk the formed the Solar System. The results have shed new light on how icy comets may have formed.

How Life Turned Left
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: Scientists studying meteorite fragments have found evidence that liquid water inside an asteroid could be the reason that the amino acids found in meteorites show a strong preference for left-handed versus right-handed orientations.

Ancient Meteorites Reveal Early Solar System
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: By studying particularly old meteorites called diogenites, scientists have revealed new information about the Solar System's earliest chemical processing.

Aquanauts on an Asteroid Mission
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A team of aquanauts were recently joined by ESA astronaut Tim Peake to test communication strategies for a future mission to an asteroid. The explorers spent 12 days underwater on the Neemo mission simulating a trip to an asteroid 15 million kilometers from Earth.

Design for a Deep Space Habitat
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: NASA has released a new report discussing human deep-space exploration. The paper explores the requirements of a ship that could carry astronauts to a near Earth asteroid.

Meteorites Most Likely Source of Earth's Water
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: A new study suggests that meteorites and their parent asteroids are the most-likely sources of water on Earth. Understanding if and how volatile elements were delivered to the early Earth is important in determining the origins of water and life on our planet.

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