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NASA Satellite Snaps First Image of Target Asteroid 57

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the shake-it-like-a-polaroid-picture dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA today said that its Dawn spacecraft snapped the first image of the giant asteroid Vesta it hopes to rendezvous with in July. The asteroid is 530 kilometers in diameter, and appears as a small, bright pearl against a background of stars. Vesta is known as a protoplanet, because it is a large body that almost formed into a planet. It's the second most massive object in the asteroid belt, NASA says."
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NASA Satellite Snaps First Image of Target Asteroid

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  • by RockClimbingFool (692426) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @12:24PM (#36095266)

    Come on, Network World for a NASA news release? Ridiculous.

    Here [nasa.gov] is the actual NASA press release.

    • by 1u3hr (530656) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @12:36PM (#36095430)
      Yeah, I'm getting pretty tired of random blogs "reporting" stories they steal from a major outlet and getting credited by Slashdot as the source, scoring a huge number of hits for their plaigiarism, and not infrequently, misrepresenting the story into the bargain..
      • Slashdot used to be news for nerds, but lately it seems like it just pimps out either editor's friends blogs, or other sites that may be giving Slashdot kick backs.

        If that is Slashdot's new business model, so be it. They should at least be upfront about it though.

        • Lets say you write a WEblog, on an article you saw on NASA's site. You want people to see it sure, you post it on /. Great, we all get to see some stuff about the Asteroid.

          NASA seems to not be all into the promotion thing. So its not going out of its way to post this on /.

          So I ask you, Did you liked seeing the info about the asteroid on /. ? If not just move on. If you like it you should be thanking coondoggie for posting his WEblog. He posted the NASA link in the first few lines of the article.
          • Well lets take a closer look at this submission.

            1.) The first sentence "NASA today said that its Dawn spacecraft snapped the first image of the giant asteroid Vesta it hopes to rendezvous with in July.", with an embedded hyperlink, seems to indicate that what I click on should bring me to a NASA web page. It doesn't. The link goes to a blog.

            2.) The official NASA news release could have been easily embedded into the summary. It wasn't and that wasn't an accident. It is to force a click thru and gene

          • by 1u3hr (530656)

            NASA seems to not be all into the promotion thing. So its not going out of its way to post this on /.

            Bullshit. NASA has a huge website and sends out press releases to the media.

            So I ask you, Did you liked seeing the info about the asteroid on /. ? If not just move on. If you like it you should be thanking coondoggie for posting his WEblog. He posted the NASA link in the first few lines of the article. SO we get both A link on /. and a link to the NASA source.

            Coodoggie is a parasitic plaigiarist. He's using NASA's content and adding his own ads, then whoring for hits here. His submission had no links to the NASA story, only his own blog. And he DID NOT provide a link to NASA in his submission. In his blog he steals not only NASA's story, but hotlinks their images.

            So you see CmdrTaco also the right thing!

            He did, finally, after seeing the comments here. If you look now, besides correcting the typo in the headline "NASAsatellite

    • by xTEMPLARx (178099)

      You TELL'em, Steve Dave!

  • This is obviously Photoshop. I mean if it were real we should see a 5% whiter pixel in the top left.

  • I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big bright blur.
  • by ArcherB (796902) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @12:49PM (#36095630) Journal

    The title reads, "NASAsatellite Snaps First Image of Target Asteroid".

    Is this a SATELLITE or a SPACECRAFT? If it's not orbiting anything, it's not really a satellite.

    And, of course, it's missing a space (no pun intended) between NASA and Satellite.

  • by gatkinso (15975) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @01:09PM (#36095880)

    Dear Chinese Friends,

    You are prohibited from viewing this image.

    Thank you,

    NASA

  • by DaPhil (811162)
    "I am Princess Vespa, daughter of Roland, King of the Druids!"

    Maybe they'll find a space camper on that rock?
  • . . . here's a low-bandwidth version: o
  • A large body that almost formed into a planet? Pluto has more than twice the diameter (i.e. eight times the volume) and is still no planet.
  • Why are chinese not allowed to view, i think that is quite bad.
  • How are they supposed to protect it from mynocks chewing on the power couplings?

  • by boristdog (133725) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @03:28PM (#36097922)

    I hope the satellite doesn't get Marooned Off Vesta.

  • Isaac Asimov's first sale was Marooned Off Vesta [asimovreviews.net].

    I, for one, would welcome having the mission commemorate him somehow.

  • Isaac Asimov wrote a short story called Marooned off Vesta

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