Artist's concept of a NASA Orion 
crewed spacecraft approaching an 
asteroid. Credit: DigitalSpace.

In this presentation being made public today (see more below), DigitalSpace renders up a vision of how humans could land on an asteroid using NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, shown here on approach. Image courtesy of Digital Space, some rights reserved.

Contents  on 30 July '07


The latest news: framed access (best), RSS news feed (flags updates), or redirection - Note: A/CC has a main Web site and a backup site.

Navigation tips: Use the << and >> arrows on the menus for each regular section (Observers, Risks, etc.) to move to the previous and next day's news for that section. Use the Index menu item to access specific days this year through a calendar interface. And use the all-up news archive to access news from any time since A/CC began in early 2002. To keep track of what's new each day, watch the Chronology section.

Minor-Object News  on 30 July '07

Minor-Object Science  on 30 July '07

NEOCP Activity  on 30 July '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 2 listings: 1 new, 1 updated

When last checked at 2354 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and one updated listing. Of these, one was a "one nighter." So far Major News has counted a total of three objects listed on the NEOCP at some point today.

To learn how observers use the NEOCP, see Suno Observatory's Practical guide on how to observe NEOCP object.

New MPECs  on 30 July '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2354 UTC, there have been two MPECs issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2007-O55 - "14:58 UT" - 2007 OG8

<< DOU on 30 July '07 >>  MPEC 2007-O54 - "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 30 July '07

Six observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

F653FTP education program via Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2007-O55 -- 2007 OG8
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 3 in MPECs 2007-O54 & 2007-O55 -- 2007 OG8, 2007 MT20, 2007 DT103
844Los Molinos Obs. in Uruguay, 1 in MPEC 2007-O54 -- 1685
B38Santa Mama Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2007-O54 -- 2007 LR32, 2007 LA15
204Schiaparelli Obs. in Italy, 6 in MPECs 2007-O54 & 2007-O55 -- 2007 OG8, 2007 DB61, 2007 DJ, 2007 CO26, 2006 VD13, 2005 CW25
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2007-O55 -- 2007 OG8

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 30 July '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2354 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today. See the CRT for activity in the last month.

Chronology  on 30 July '07

Times are UTC for when the items were noted or added by Major News.

1940Added link to news story, "AZ's long road to Mars"
Added link to news story, "NASA Insiders Propose Stepping Stone Path to Deep Space"
1606Added MOS paper, "Detection of warm molecular hydrogen in the circumstellar disk around the Herbig Ae star HD97048" - see above
Added link to news story, "How to land a spacecraft on an asteroid"
Added link to news story, "Design Simulation for a Human Mission to a Near Earth Object"
Added link to news story, "Ames Astrobleme Museum records meteor crater history"
Added link to news story, "Birth of a Colossus on Wheels"
1605Grabbed MPEC 2007-O55 - 2007 OG8 - see above
1332Grabbed MPEC 2007-O54 - Daily Orbit Update - see above