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What to do about Earth-threatening space rocks? Credit: Texas A&M

If an asteroid has Earth’s name on it, how best to deflect such an incoming menace?

A spurt of special spray paint is the possible answer from Dave Hyland, professor of physics and astronomy and also a faculty member in the aerospace...

The White House and Congress are on course for another showdown over Sequestration -- a round of automatic federal spending cuts -- set for March 1.

It’s a replay of the confrontation they managed to avoid just before New Year’s Day.

This time, the cuts may take affect, according to experts. President Obama has urged lawmakers to pursue a less drastic course. His critics say he set sequestration in motion.

In all, sequestration would force $85 billion in budget reductions through Sept. 30, or the end of the 2013 fiscal year.

At NASA, efforts to foster competitive commercial crew services capable of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station...

Giant Magellan Telescope. Credit: GMT Organization

Credit: NASA/Kepler...

Size of 2012 DA14. Credit: Michael Carroll (used with permission)

That close flyby of Earth by a space rock should provide new data critical to understanding the potential hazards that other asteroids could pose if they collide with the Earth.

Shortly after the destructive Russian fireball event on February 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed ultra-close to the Earth.

This encounter never...

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