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FireFly approaches asteroid

Astronomy and Society

Asteroid Mining Gets Competitive

Deep Space Industries, Inc, announced plans to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting to target asteroids in 2015 — and that’s just the first step in their ambitious proposal.

Science and Space Policy

World-Class Telescope For Sale

The impending closure of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope might be averted if the observatory’s director can find a buyer.

Science and Space Policy

Help Uwingu Make a Difference in Space

Uwingu, a small start-up company, wants to change the way science educators, astronomers, and space researchers do business.

Science and Space Policy

Charting a Course for Heliophysics

A new report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences examines how studies of the Sun and its influence on Earth have advanced in the past decade and makes recommendations for what should be tackled next.

Science and Space Policy

Running Around China and the IAU

Pluto, quasars, and total solar eclipses over Easter Island were just a few of the topics that came up at the close of the first week of the international astronomy conference in Beijing.

Professional Telescopes

A Changing Landscape for U.S. Astronomy

The budgetary writing is on the wall: the National Science Foundation doesn't have enough money both to operate all of its existing facilities and to build big, expensive new ones. Something's got to give.

Sentinel spacecraft in orbit

Spacecraft and Space Missions

B612 Debuts Its Asteroid-Seeking Sentinel

Astronomers warn that it's not a question of "if" Earth will be hit by an asteroid, but "when." If a private group of space veterans has its way, a Sun-orbiting spacecraft will find threatening objects decades before they can strike us.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Asteroid Mining for Fun and Profit

A cadre of space entrepreneurs has hatched a plan to identify thousands of small near-Earth asteroids — and then to exploit the mineral wealth that many of these space rocks are certain to contain.

Science and Space Policy

If An Impact Looms, Then What?

A group of scientists, policy-makers, and science journalists recently tackled the tough who-where-how-and-why questions that will have to be answered if astronomers discover an asteroid or comet on a collision course with Earth.

Professional Telescopes

Webb Telescope: Progress and Problems

Despite threats by the House of Representatives to cut funding, the James Webb Space Telescope plans move ahead.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Will the Webb Telescope Be Canceled?

NASA's next-generation space observatory is already woefully over budget and behind schedule. But if Congressional money-minders have their way, the project will be killed outright in the months ahead.

MMT Observatory

Solar System

Praising Arizona — II

S&T contributing editor Govert Schilling visits observatories in southern Arizona.

Solar System

Praising Arizona — I

S&T contributing editor Govert Schilling visits observatories in southern Arizona

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Astro2010: U.S. Astronomy's Crystal Ball

If you had $12 billion to spend on ground- and space-based observatories over the next 10 years, how would decide what to build? A 255-page National Research Council study, just released, provides some answers.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA's Administrator Visits Boston

Charles Bolden, who took the reins of NASA last July, made an appearance in Boston last week and offered some views about the space agency's future.

Science and Space Policy

New Plan for NASA

The Obama administration abandons NASA's Constellation Moon program, but sets its sights farther afield.

Solar System

New Report Spotlights Impact Hazards

A meaty review of the impact hazard facing Earth has just been released by the U.S. National Research Council. The bottom line? If Congress and NASA are serious about finding all the truly threatening asteroids in our planet's vicinity, they'd better fund the search properly.

Professional Telescopes

Mel's Arecibo Adventure

A globetrotting mascot gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.

Science and Space Policy

First Family to See First Light

Thanks to eight months of urging by amateur astronomers, President Obama and his family are about to host the first-ever star party at the White House.

Science and Space Policy

New Crater Picked for LCROSS Impact

When NASA slams a spacecraft into the dust near the Moon's south pole next month, the crater named Cabeus will briefly achieve worldwide fame.

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