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Newly Found Asteroid Buzzes Earth

A newly found space rock will give Earth a close shave on May 29, passing by at a distance of just 14,440 kilometers (8,950 miles). That distance puts the small asteroid, named 2012 KT42, in the top ten list of closest asteroid approaches. In fact, this is the sixth closest approach to date. The close pass will occur…

NASA Grounds Shuttle Fleet

We have a bit of a mystery on the foam loss. It's from an area that we typically don't expect foam to be lost. We're not worried about this one [Endeavour], but we need to understand what's going on for the next flight. This is new. I don't know if we have a material issue or a process issue but we'll get to the…

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Space Is Full of Crap

The European Space Agency has just released images showing all the satellites and human-made debris now orbiting space as a result of 51 years of launching stuff since Sputnik. That's about 6,000 satellites up there—of which only 800 remain operational—plus thousands of other objects from launches and accidents.…