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When this asteroid name was approved, the story was picked up by the Associated Press, then by CNN, and Burbine was interviewed several times. Eventually he even received a call from Takei himself. After the Minor Planet Center, Burbine continued his tour of important space science centers by working on mirrors for the Chandra X-Ray Observatory mission. Chandra, which launched in 1999, follows an elliptical orbit about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, and it observes X-ray emissions from deep space.
11. Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, or NEAR, launched in 1996; Mars Pathfinder, launched in 1996; Lunar Prospector, launched in 1998; Stardust, launched in 1999; Genesis, launched in 2001; Comet Nucleus Tour, or CONTOUR, launched in 2001; MESSENGER, launched in 2004; Deep Impact, launched in 2005; Dawn, launched in 2007; KEPLER, launched in 2009; and GRAIL, selected in 2007 and scheduled to launch in 2011. Five additional missions (ASPERA-3, M3, EPOXI, Stardust-NExT, and Strofio) have been named Discovery Missions of Opportunity.
Indd 40 from the chemistry of the rocks at that geologic boundary was compiled from many places around the globe, and at last the crater was found, partly on land but mostly in the shallow sea off the Yucatán Peninsula. This crater, named Chicxulub, is 180 miles (300 km) in diameter. Twenty years after the original scientific paper, the meteorite theory for the extinction of the dinosaurs is largely accepted. Searching for evidence of meteorite impacts on Earth is far harder than, for example, searching for impacts on the Moon or Mars.
Asteroids, Meteorites, and Comets, Revised Edition (The Solar System) by Linda T. Elkins-Tanton