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Asteroids in Color

By bmetzler in News
Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 04:25:31 PM EST
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CNN has an article about the release of the first color photos of Eros, the first asteroid ever orbited by a manmade satellite.

Scientists say that while Eros is not a threat to Earth, they hope that studying the asteriod will 'determine the asteroid's origin and offer clues about how to protect Earth from catastrophic collisions with other large space rocks.' Along a same thread, Space.com has an article about another asteriod that hit Earth and the results of the collision.


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Asteroids in Color | 6 comments (6 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Outrageously misleading title! I wa... (none / 0) (#3)
by Demona on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 05:47:53 PM EST

Demona voted -1 on this story.

Outrageously misleading title! I was expecting retrovideo game news! Resubmit with more appropriate heading and I'll have no problem.

this news is almost everywhere on t... (none / 0) (#4)
by rajivvarma on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 07:47:54 PM EST

rajivvarma voted -1 on this story.

this news is almost everywhere on the net

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Interesting... (none / 0) (#1)
by Zer0 on Thu Feb 17, 2000 at 11:42:19 PM EST

Zer0 voted 1 on this story.


Asteroids are great fun! It is impo... (none / 0) (#2)
by hattig on Fri Feb 18, 2000 at 05:51:56 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Asteroids are great fun! It is important to find out about the make-up of asteroids, although I doubt that knowing how one asteroid is composed will help much with many of the others, Asteroids come in many different flavours - Iron, Rock, Icy, etc. Knowing where to put Bruce Willis on one type will not tell us where to put Bruce Willis on another. It is an important start though. The more near-time worry to America has to be the giant Volcano developing under Yellowstone Park, known as a rare super-volcano. The magma-chamber for that thing is some 70km long by 30km wide, and when it explodes (within the next couple of thousand years at the latest) you wouldn't be advised to get within 1000km of it, according to a BBC documentary on it. An asteroid crashing into the Earth will be a worry though, as the consequences would not be good...

This is a "approximately the colour... (none / 0) (#5)
by grey on Fri Feb 18, 2000 at 10:26:30 PM EST

grey voted 0 on this story.

This is a "approximately the colour" it might appear, based on composition of images. And that is before the limiting effect of computer monitor colours. Info and more pictures available at http://near.jhuapl.edu/NEAR/iod/archive.html

Re: Asteroids in Color (none / 0) (#6)
by Paul Dunne on Sat Feb 19, 2000 at 05:06:19 AM EST

Hmm, yes, asteroids. I'm sure the science is very interesting, but when I hear the word, I think of asteroid *mining*. It's the year 2000, and we still don't have horny-handed (that's horny as in calloused: get your mind out of the gutter) asteroid farmers brawling in the bars of space-ports on Mars and Venus. Did anybody else day-dream as a boy about how far advanced the space programme would be in the year 2000? And now look at us. No space station, no moon base, haven't landed men on Mars yet, and asteroid mining is still science fiction.
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