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February 20, 2013
Radar Movie of Asteroid 2012 DA14
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 20, 2013
An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on the night of Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. Each of the 72 frames required 320 seconds of data collection by the Goldstone radar. The observations were made as the asteroid was moving away from Earth. The asteroid's distance from the radar dish increased from 74,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) to 195,000 miles (314,000 kilometers). The r ... read more
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Asteroid 2012 DA14 Speeds Away From Earth
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How Do We Know the Russian Meteor and 2012 DA14 Aren't Related?
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NASA briefly loses contact with space station
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Bleach could hamper Mars life search
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At the mouth of the red valley
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Antares Engine Test Aborted; New Date TBD
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Scientists turn eyes toward Europa in search for life
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Welcome Aboard Shenzhou 10
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