Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - May 13, 2012

Huge Asteroid Vesta Actually an Ancient Protoplanet


The asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, is actually a small proto-planet, a relic leftover from the birth of our solar sytem, scientists say. The discovery is one of many unveiled in a series of studies today. [Full Story]

NEXT: Oldest Mayan Astronomical Calendar Discovered

Oldest Mayan Astronomical Calendar Discovered

Heather Hurst, copyright National Geographic Society

The oldest-known version of the ancient Maya calendar has been discovered adorning a lavishly painted wall in the ruins of a city deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. [Full Story]

NEXT: Oldest Mayan Astronomical Calendar Discovered

Huge Dead Satellite May Be Space Junk for 150 Years


Now that the huge Envisat satellite has been declared dead, it becomes a huge and somewhat threatening piece of space junk. [Full Story]

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