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TUESDAY 13. MAY 2008


Phoenix Set to Land on Mars

NASA's Phoenix lander is getting ready to touch down on Mars and begin an unprecedented investigation of the Red Planet's arctic realm.


SATURDAY 10. MAY 2008


Space Station Tricorder

Astronauts are using a Star Trek tricorder-like device to keep track of microscopic life forms onboard the International Space Station.


FRIDAY 9. MAY 2008


Planets by the Dozen

A NASA-funded survey set to begin in 2008 could dramatically increase the number of known planets outside our solar system.


TUESDAY 6. MAY 2008


A Super Solar Flare

In September 1859, a solar flare erupted so intense that the explosion itself was visible to the human eye. A ferocious geomagnetic storm ensued in which Northern Lights descended as far south as Cuba, the Bahamas and Hawaii. Meanwhile, telegraph engineers disconnected their batteries and powered communications by electricity from the auroras! Could it happen again?


WEDNESDAY 30. APRIL 2008



SATURDAY 26. APRIL 2008


The Physics of Whipped Cream

An experiment in space has shed new light on the puzzling physics of some everyday substances such as blood, ketchup, motor oil and whipped cream.


MONDAY 21. APRIL 2008


Moondust and Duct Tape

Going to the Moon? Don't forget your duct tape. Thirty-six years ago when Apollo 17 astronauts found themselves a quarter million miles from home with a damaged moonbuggy, a roll of "good old fashioned American gray tape" saved the day.


THURSDAY 17. APRIL 2008



FRIDAY 11. APRIL 2008


Moondust in the Wind

Unlike Earth, the firmament of the moon is directly exposed to charged particles from the sun. What happens to moondust under the onslaught of solar wind? Researchers in a NASA-supported lab are finding some surprising answers.


MONDAY 7. APRIL 2008


The 2008 Great Moonbuggy Race

Contestants in NASA's 15th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race have crossed the finish line. And the winner is.... Read today's story to find out who crashed and who triumphed in the adventurous competition.


FRIDAY 4. APRIL 2008


Crescent Moon Alert

A crescent moon of perilous beauty is about to appear in the evening sky. The best night to look is Tuesday, April 8th, when the moon joins the Pleiades star cluster for a must-see conjunction.


SATURDAY 29. MARCH 2008


Old Solar Cycle Returns

Three months ago, a new solar cycle began. This week, however, the sun surprised onlookers with three big sunspots from the previous solar cycle. Strangely enough, this is perfectly normal.


FRIDAY 28. MARCH 2008


Crafty Tricks for Finding Moon Water

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will play some crafty tricks to find water on the moon, such as using starlight to see into deep, dark craters and checking the temperature with a scientific device known as "Diviner."


SATURDAY 22. MARCH 2008


Naked-eye Gamma Ray Burst

Two nights ago, astronomers observed a cosmic explosion so intense it was visible to the naked eye from a distance of 7.5 billion light years.


FRIDAY 21. MARCH 2008


Spring is Aurora Season

For reasons not fully understood by scientists, the weeks around the vernal equinox are prone to Northern Lights.


WEDNESDAY 19. MARCH 2008


Gravity Waves Make Tornadoes

New research by NASA-supported scientists shows how atmospheric gravity waves, the kind we often see rippling in clouds overhead, can hit a thunderstorm and turn it into a deadly tornado.


TUESDAY 18. MARCH 2008


The Vanishing Rings of Saturn

Amateur astronomers around the world have noticed, something is happening to Saturn. The planet's rings are rapidly narrowing and, if this continues, before long they'll be just a wafer-thin line almost invisible to backyard telescopes.


WEDNESDAY 12. MARCH 2008


Women Drivers on Mars

To celebrate Women's History Month, an all-female team of scientists and engineers has taken control of Mars rover Spirit.


FRIDAY 7. MARCH 2008


Dark Halos Discovered on Mercury

The surprises continue. Scientists studying the harvest of photos from MESSENGER's Jan. 14th flyby of Mercury have found several craters with strange dark halos and one crater with a spectacularly shiny bottom.

Auroras in Broad Daylight

Imagine living on a planet where Northern Lights fill the heavens at all hours of the day. Around the clock, even in broad daylight, luminous curtains shimmer and ripple across the sky. News flash: Astronomers have discovered such a planet. Its name is Earth.


TUESDAY 4. MARCH 2008


Avalanches on Mars

A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole.


SATURDAY 1. MARCH 2008


New Radar Maps of the Moon

New high-resolution radar maps of the Moon's south pole reveal a fantastic land with peaks as high as Mt. McKinley and crater floors four times deeper than the Grand Canyon.


THURSDAY 21. FEBRUARY 2008


Who's Orbiting the Moon?

Do you know who's orbiting the moon? The answer might surprise you. Find out in today's story from Science@NASA.


THURSDAY 14. FEBRUARY 2008


Total Lunar Eclipse

On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the full Moon over the Americas will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise, too. It's a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec. 2010.