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Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

A meteorite contrail is seen in this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region in Russia. AP

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Asteroid to whiz past Earth Friday

This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth

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Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large.

Posted: February 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Asteroid named for ‘disappeared’ Argentine student

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IN HER HONOR. In this undated photo released by the family of Ana Teresa Diego, the 22-year-old astronomy student who was kidnapped on Sept. 30, 1976 from the library of the National University of La Plata, Argentina during the Argentina's 1976-1983 military regime, is seen in an unknown location. The International Astronomical Union decided to name an asteroid "Anadiego" in her honor. The asteroid was discovered in 1975 by Argentine astronomer Mario Cesco and is located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, orbiting the sun every 4.1 years. (AP Photo/Courtesy of family of Ana Teresa Diego)

For 35 years, Zaida Franz has not been able to find her daughter, a girl who dreamed of becoming an astronomer and then disappeared without a trace. Now she at least has an address she can think about — out in space.

Posted: December 29th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Small asteroid swings harmlessly past Earth

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An image released by NASA is a black and white image of Saturn's moon Helene made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on June 18, 2011. At closest approach, on June 18, Cassini flew within 4,330 miles (6,968 kilometers) of Helene's surface. Cassini passed from Helene's night side to the moon's sunlit side. AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

LOS ANGELES— An asteroid the size of a tour bus streaked harmlessly past Earth on Monday, passing within 7,600 miles (12,230 kilometers). Discovered only last week, the relatively small space rock made a hairpin turn around the planet at about 10 a.m. PDT (1800 GMT), sailing high over the southern Atlantic Ocean. In truth, there [...]

Posted: June 28th, 2011 in CDN - Sports,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

NASA aims to grab asteroid time capsule

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WASHINGTON—NASA on Wednesday said it plans to launch the first unmanned US spacecraft to a deep space asteroid in 2016 to collect samples and return them to Earth for further study. Last year, Japan became the first nation to complete such a mission when its Hayabusa probe brought back dust following a seven-year trip to [...]

Posted: May 26th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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