Artist's concept of a NASA asteroid 
mission touches down and going to 
work. Credit DigitalSpace.

DigitalSpace visualizations of approaching an asteroid with an "NEO Surface Access Module" attached to the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle and then, firmly anchored, sampling the surface. See news yesterday and more technology links below. Images courtesy of Digital Space, some rights reserved.

Contents  on 31 July '07


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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 31 July '07

Minor-Object Science  on 31 July '07

NEOCP Activity  on 31 July '07

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

When last checked at 2035 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."

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

New MPECs  on 31 July '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2035 UTC, there have been eight MPECs issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2007-O63 - "17:29 UT" - PHAs

MPEC 2007-O62 - "17:29 UT" - Unusual Minor Planets

MPEC 2007-O61 - "17:29 UT" - Amors

MPEC 2007-O60 - "17:29 UT" - Atens and Apollos

MPEC 2007-O59 - "17:21 UT" - Critical-List Minor Planets

MPEC 2007-O58 - "17:15 UT" - Distant Minor Planets

MPEC 2007-O57 - "16:33 UT" - Observable Comets

<< DOU on 31 July '07 >>  MPEC 2007-O56 - "06:06 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 31 July '07

Five observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 2 in MPEC 2007-O56 -- 2007 NC5, 2007 DT103
442Gualba Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2007-O56 -- 87309, 21277
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 4 in MPEC 2007-O56 -- 2007 LR32, 2004 ST9, 85275, 5143
A97Stammersdorf Obs. in Austria, 1 in MPEC 2007-O56 -- 2007 DT103
6735Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-O56 -- 2007 ML13

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 31 July '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2035 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today. See the CRT for activity in the last month.

Chronology  on 31 July '07

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

2030Added news report, "Exploration technology"
Added link to news story, "Researchers Discover Origin of Mysterious Glass Found in King Tut's Tomb"
Added link to news story, "Circumstellar space: Where chemistry happens for the very first time"
Added link to news story, "Fasting for Pluto"
1851Grabbed MPEC 2007-O59 - Critical-List Minor Planets - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-O60 - Atens and Apollos - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-O61 - Amors - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-O62 - Unusual Minor Planets - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-O63 - PHAs - see above
1725Grabbed MPEC 2007-O57 - Observable Comets - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-O58 - Distant Minor Planets - see above
1540Added link to news story, "Tyden: Czech basin might have arisen through mighty cosmic impact"
Added link to news story, "Super bolide"
1428Grabbed MPEC 2007-O56 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
0515Added MOS paper, "OVRO N2H+ Observations of Class 0 Protostars: Constraints on the Formation of Binary Stars" - see above
Added MOS paper, "Orbit Determination with Topocentric Correction: Algorithms for the Next Generation Surveys" - see above
Added MOS paper, "Resonance sticking in the scattered disk" - see above