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22 August 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 22AUG2012

2012 RATS - NASA Kicks Off Asteroid Simulation; Media Invited to Observe
The Research and Technology Studies (RATS) test, a 10-day asteroid
exploration simulation in Johnson's Space Vehicle Mockup Facility,
kicked off this week. As NASA makes plans to send humans to asteroids
by 2025, RATS and other mission simulations provide the agency with a
way to test new operations, concepts and exploration techniques to
influence the future of exploration. ...

Spacewalkers prepare International Space Station for new Russian lab
Independent Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:05 AM PDT
Two veteran cosmonauts sailed through a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday to prepare the orbital outpost for a new module and better shield its living quarters against small meteoriteand debris impacts, officials said.

More Evidence for Russian Quasicrystal Meteorite
Discovery News Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:35 PM PDT
A rock with mysterious qualities was discovered deep in Russian mountains in 2010 -- new evidence suggests it is likely a meteorite.

Spacewalkers prepare station for new Russian lab
Reuters.co.uk Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:21 PM PDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Two veteran cosmonauts sailed through a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Monday to prepare the orbital outpost for a new module and better shield its living quarters against small meteorite and debris impacts, officials said...

Peter Chianca: Where are the candidates on asteroid issues?
Leavenworth Times
For instance, if we were to be visited by a meteor like the one that hit Manson, Iowa 74 million years ago, immediately before it hit "the temperature below it would rise to some 60000 Kelvin, or ten times the surface temperature of the Sun ...

2012 THE Year of Meteors!