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Meteorites from Vesta
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
01/07/12
Summary: Data from the Dawn spacecraft could help astrobiologists understand how pieces of the asteroid Vesta ended up on planet Earth.

Astrobiology Top 10: A New Dawn for Vesta
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/25/11
Summary: Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number nine, NASA's Dawn spacecraft enters into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday, July 15. (Originally published 07/16/2011)

Meteorite Shock Waves Cause Dust Avalanches on Mars
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/19/11
Summary: Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a new study.

Revealing How the Elements Were Forged
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/16/11
Summary: A new study could help scientists understand how the elements that make up our bodies and our planet were created.

NASA Developing Comet Harpoon for Sample Return
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/15/11
Summary: A new harpoon may help NASA grab samples from a speeding comet.

Is Vesta the Smallest Terrestrial Planet?
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/13/11
Summary: NASA's Dawn spacecraft spent the last four years voyaging to asteroid Vesta - and may have found a planet.

Vesta in 3D
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
12/11/11
Summary: NASA has released a new video of the Dawn spacecraft gliding over asteroid Vesta in 3-D.

PhAst Detection of Near-Earth Objects
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
11/22/11
Summary: A new computer program may help track near Earth objects (NEOs) and compute more accurate orbits. Monitoring NEOs can help scientists determine whether or not they pose a risk to life's future on Earth.

Farmer Unearths a Rare Meteorite
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
11/15/11
Summary: A rare and beautiful meteorite has been discovered by a farmer in northwest Missouri. It is only the 20th meteorite of its kind found in the United States.

Lutetia is Rare Survivor from the Birth of Earth
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
11/13/11
Summary: New observations indicate that the asteroid Lutetia is a leftover fragment of the same material that formed the Earth, Venus and Mercury. Studying Lutetia can help astrobiologists understand how these rocky planets formed and evolved in our solar system.

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