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  • Having a Ball on Mars

    Aug. 17, 2001

    An amusing accident in the Mojave desert has inspired a new kind of Mars rover -- a two-story high beach ball that can descend to the Martian surface and explore vast expanses of the Red Planet.

  • A Chip Off the Sun

    Dec. 12, 2001

    Sky watchers can enjoy a solar eclipse on Friday, Dec. 14th, when the Moon's shadow sweeps across the Pacific Ocean and parts of the Americas.

  • Wide Awake in Outer Space

    Sept. 4, 2001

    Imagine the excitement of blasting off on a powerful rocket, the strange sensations of free-fall, the novelty of mornings that return every 90 minutes... Who could sleep through all that?

  • Nature's Tiniest Space Junk

    Feb. 21, 2001

    NASA scientists are using an experimental radar to monitor a swarm of tiny meteoroids surrounding our planet. Listen to the echoes, live!

  • Gamma-rays from an Asteroid

    Feb. 27, 2001

    Perched on the surface of asteroid 433 Eros, NASA's NEAR spacecraft is beaming back measurements of gamma-rays leaking from the space rock's dusty soil.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: The Webcast

    April 25, 2001

    Astrobiologists are visiting the Indian Ocean to explore a bizarre undersea ecosystem that doesn't need sunlight to flourish. You can join them via a live webcast on April 26th!

  • Leonids Around the Clock

    Nov. 15, 2001

    A NASA-led team of astronomers will travel around the globe this weekend to monitor the 2001 Leonid meteor storm. Catch their reports live on the web!

  • Space StationChristmas

    Dec. 21, 2001

    This holiday story tells about a visit by Santa to the International Space Station(ISS), where he has to deal with uncooperative tinsel, floating cookie crumbs, and a space-sick reindeer.

  • Amazing GRACE

    Oct. 30, 2001

    A pair of satellites will soon begin mapping tiny variations in Earth's gravity, allowing scientists to track the motions of mass around and beneath the globe for the first time.

  • The USA Returns to Mars

    Oct. 24, 2001

    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft reached Mars last night and was captured into orbit after a successful main engine burn.