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April
2017

UPDATE 1: April 19 - Estimates of the size and rotation period have been adjusted since an earlier draft of this press release.

UPDATE 2: April 20 - Observations on April 19 show the largest dimension of the body is at least 870 meters, significantly longer than the visible extent seen on April 17.

Columbia, MD and Puerto Rico—April 18, 2017. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico this week observed potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid 2014 JO25 as part of its planetary radar program sponsored by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) program. Arecibo radar observations revealed that the asteroid is twice as big as was previously thought and has a lumpy, peanut shape.

2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014 by the Catalina Sky Survey and designated a potentially hazardous asteroid based on its size and relative proximi...

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April
26,
2017
Congratulations to producers Jefferson Beck and David Ladd who won national recognition for the production of their videos. The awards were presented on April 24 at the annual Direct TV Working Group meeting hosted in conjunction with the ...
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April
19,
2017
This photo was taken by USRA's Gary Hoffmann who works at NASA. It shows the image of a new mysterious crack in one of Greenland's largest glaciers directly beneath the NASA Operation IceBridge ...
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April
18,
2017
UPDATE 1: April 19 - Estimates of the size and rotation period have been adjusted since an earlier draft of this press release. UPDATE 2: April 20 - Observations on April 19 show the largest dimension of the body is at least 870 meters, ...
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April
14,
2017
At the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, during March 20-24, 2017, USRA personnel were featured in different articles published by various media outlets including the BBC.  Attached are the links to the some of the ...
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March
16,
2017
The Comptroller of the State of Maryland, Peter Franchot, visited USRA on March 15, 2017. Dr. Jeffrey Isaacson, Preseident and CEO, USRA provided an overview of USRA's breadth of capabilities and then took the Comptroller and his entourage ...
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