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  • Weird Sunset

    June 3, 2002

    On Monday, June 10th, The Moonwill glide in front of the Sun as it sets over parts of North America.

  • Muddy Waters

    Sept. 5, 2002

    Is it safe to swim in your local lake? Are the fish from that lake good to eat? Earth-orbiting satellites are plumbing the depths of muddy waters to find the answers.

  • Urban Sprawl: the Big Picture

    Oct. 11, 2002

    Earth-orbiting satellites are collecting valuable data that reveal the environmental impact of fast-growing cities.

  • The Truth about the 2002 Leonid Meteor Storm

    May 10, 2002

    Another Leonid meteor storm is due in 2002. Rumor has it that a full Moon will ruin the show ... but perhaps there's hope for a marvelous show, after all.

  • A Dazzling Duo

    May 24, 2002

    Stick out your index finger and hold it at arm's length. The width of your fingertip is how far apart Jupiterand Venus will be on June 3rd -- a remarkable close encounter between the two brightest planets.

  • City-swallowing Sand Dunes

    Dec. 6, 2002

    NASA-supported researchers are studying the complex Physicsof migrating sand dunes--a grave concern in nations where the relentless advance of desert dunes is a serious threat to habitation and agriculture.

  • Space, Inc.

    Nov. 15, 2002

    NASA and other government agencies are helping the commercial space industry get off the ground by validating and buying satellite data.

  • Patches for a Broken Heart

    Feb. 14, 2002

    Researchers using a space-age device called a bioreactor have grown patches of heart tissue that beat and respond much like a real human heart.

  • Modeling Climate at Warp Speed

    May 2, 2002

    Two new NASA technologies have squeezed 10 times more power out of some supercomputers. Climate scientists are putting the extra number-crunching muscle to good use.

  • A New Form of Matter

    March 20, 2002

    Scientists have created a new kind of matter: It comes in waves and bridges the gap between the everyday world of humans and the micro-domain of quantum physics.