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  • The Great Moonbuggy Race

    The Great Moonbuggy Race

    Feb. 24, 2011

    Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the Moon, NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race is challenging future engineers to demonstrate the same ingenuity. Technologies such as this could prove essential for future human explorers on the Moon and beyond.

  • Next Glory Mission Launch Attempt

    Feb. 24, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- The launch of NASA’s Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is currently planned for no earlier than Friday, Feb. 25 at 5:09 a.m. EST.

  • NASA Launches Webb Telescope Interactive Fly-by Tour

    NASA Launches Webb Telescope Interactive Fly-by Tour

    Feb. 23, 2011

    The interactive fly-by tour was created to allow people to get familiar with the Hubble Space Telescope’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope..

  • Launching Balloons in Antarctica

    Launching Balloons in Antarctica

    Feb. 23, 2011

    A successful test launch in Antarctica for BARREL (Balloon Array for RBSP Relativistic Electron Losses) shows how it will will work hand in hand with ...

  • Technical Issue Delays Glory Climate Mission Launch, Next Attempt Thursday

    Technical Issue Delays Glory Climate Mission Launch, Next Attempt Thursday

    Feb. 23, 2011

    The launch of the Glory spacecraft was delayed Wednesday morning due to a technical issue. The mission to study tiny particles known as aerosols will attempt to launch from California at 5:09 a.m. EST Thursday.

  • Cleaning the Air Would Limit Short-Term Climate Warming

    Cleaning the Air Would Limit Short-Term Climate Warming

    Feb. 22, 2011

    Q & A with Drew Shindell on the effect cleaner air would have on climate warming.

  • Catching Space Weather in the Act

    Catching Space Weather in the Act

    Feb. 22, 2011

    Close to the globe, Earth's magnetic field wraps around the planet like a gigantic spherical web. But this isn't true as you get further from the planet. As you move to the high altitudes where satellites fly, nothing about that field is so simple.

  • Can WISE Find the Hypothetical 'Tyche'?

    Can WISE Find the Hypothetical 'Tyche'?

    Feb. 22, 2011

    In November 2010, a paper by two astrophysicists proposed the existence of a binary companion to our sun, larger than Jupiter, in the long-hypothesized "Oort cloud" -- a faraway repository of small icy bodies at the edge of our solar system.

  • A Solar System Family Portrait, From the Inside Out

    A Solar System Family Portrait, From the Inside Out

    Feb. 22, 2011

    What would our solar system look like if visitors from other worlds took a series of pictures? NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft did just that by piecing together the first portrait of our solar system from the inside looking out.

  • Glory Set to Launch Wednesday Morning on Climate Mission

    Glory Set to Launch Wednesday Morning on Climate Mission

    Feb. 22, 2011

    The Glory spacecraft and its Taurus XL launch vehicle is set to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:09 a.m. EST on Feb. 23. It will study the role tiny particles known as aerosols play in the planet's weather.