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Artist's conception of the asteroid that ended the reign of the dinosaurs hitting the Earth
07.27.21 - SwRI Team Zeroes in on Source of the Impactor that Wiped Out the Dinosaursa
Southwest Research Institute researchers have shown that the processes that deliver large asteroids to Earth from the outer half of the main asteroid belt occur at least 10 times more frequently than previously thought and that the composition of these bodies match what we know of the dinosaur-killing impactor. Using NASA’s Pleaides supercomputer, the team followed 130,000 model asteroids evolving over hundreds of millions of years.

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09.29.21 - NASA Field Campaigns Resume with GMAO and NCCS Support
After delays due to COVID-19, NASA and partner organizations enthusiastically mounted several field campaigns in spring-summer 2021. Key to campaign success are 12-kilometer-resolution atmospheric forecasts provided by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

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