Friday, November 28, 2014   |   4,740 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Secrets of large asteroid revealed


Posted on Friday, 11 May, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned a wealth of information during its analysis of the asteroid Vesta.

The giant asteroid is not dissimilar to a small planet or moon with an iron core and is believed to be one of the building blocks of the early solar system. "Dawn's visit to Vesta has confirmed our broad theories of this giant asteroid's history, while helping to fill in details it would have been impossible to know from afar," said NASA investigator Carol Raymond. "Dawn's residence at Vesta of nearly a year has made the asteroid's planet-like qualities obvious and shown us our connection to that bright orb in our night sky."

"NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and kinship with terrestrial planets and Earth's moon."

  View: Full article |  Source: NASA

  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 12 May, 2012, 6:41
cool
Comment icon #2 Posted by Paracelse on 12 May, 2012, 8:45
When do we start mining operations and who will get to do it?
Comment icon #3 Posted by 95-Nasty on 12 May, 2012, 16:45
Cant view the full artical. What will it cost the Tax payer? I heard the government tried this before and it cost too much to see it through! Aslo herd A private company/ firm (billionaires) are trying this! What ever happens (fail or succeed) how much will it cost me and you? I know and understand we have to get our resorces from some where else!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 May, 2012, 19:23
I assume you mean asteroid mining. The article has nothing at all to do with mining asteroids, it's about the discoveries made about this particular asteroid, Vesta. By "the government" and "the tax payer" I assume you mean those of the USA (this is an international site, I, for example, am a UK payer so it won't cost me a penny). Asteroid mining has never been attempted by anyone yet, so no one has "not seen it through" because of cost. The US government has no published plans to go asteroid mining so, for the foreseeable future this will cost the ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Kludge808 on 14 May, 2012, 1:23
It will be interesting to see what Dawn's visit to Ceres will bring and how it compares to what we're learning now. Things like this make me glad I'm old enough (nudging 67) to see so much go from science fiction to science fact, especially in space exploration.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
Writer sends a lamb chop in to space
Posted 11-27-2014 | 3 comments
A lamb chop on a fork was sent in to suborbital space as part of a bizarre new book promotion exercise....
 
90% of galaxies may be hostile to life
Posted 11-25-2014 | 33 comments
Two astrophysicists have proposed that gamma ray bursts could halt the development of complex life forms....
 
Scientists set to grow food crops in space
Posted 11-24-2014 | 12 comments
Researchers are investigating the viability of growing enough food in space to sustain long missions....
 
Pink Cliffs could hold key to Mars mystery
Posted 11-23-2014 | 2 comments
Curiosity has located a ledge of rocks that could hold important clues about the origins of the planet....
 
3D printer installed on space station
Posted 11-19-2014 | 14 comments
The world's first zero-gravity 3D printer has now been set up inside one of the station's science labs....
 
Moon mission to be funded by Kickstarter
Posted 11-19-2014 | 12 comments
A British company is hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to land a robot on the moon....
 
Philae discovers organic molecules on comet
Posted 11-18-2014 | 209 comments
Rosetta's companion lander made the discovery after sampling and analyzing the comet's atmosphere....
 
Does Russia have a space weapon in orbit ?
Posted 11-18-2014 | 24 comments
Speculation is rife over the purpose of a secretive Russian spacecraft currently orbiting the planet....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ