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  • Amazing Magnetic Fluids

    Aug. 23, 2002

    Astronautsonboard the International Space Stationare studying strange fluids that might one day flow in the veins of Robotsand help buildings resist earthquakes.

  • Floating Flame Balls

    Aug. 21, 2002

    Flames do something odd in space: they form tiny almost-invisible balls that might reveal the secrets of combustion here on Earth.

  • In Search of Moon Trees

    Aug. 13, 2002

    Scattered around our planet are hundreds of creatures that have been to The Moonand back again. None of them are human. They outnumber active Astronauts3:1. And most are missing.

  • To Distill Some Water

    Aug. 9, 2002

    This fact-filled science fiction tale, based on Jack London's "To Build a Fire," describes an astronaut's urgent search for something to drink on Mars.

  • Horseflies and Meteors

    Aug. 7, 2002

    Like bugs streaking down the side window of a moving car, colorful Perseid Earthgrazers could put on a remarkable show before midnight on August 12th and 13th.

  • Look at that Asteroid

    July 30, 2002

    A big space rock will soon come so close to Earth that sky watchers can see it through binoculars.

  • Caveat Impactor

    July 26, 2002

    An asteroid with almost no chance of hitting Earth made big headlines this week. Are we really in danger?

  • More Spaceship Sightings

    July 24, 2002

    Beginning this week, the International Space Stationwill make a series of eye-catching passes over North America.

  • Summer Meteor Shower

    July 19, 2002

    The Perseid meteor shower peaks this year on Aug. 12th and 13th. The warmth of northern summer makes it one of the year's most inviting sky shows.

  • Mossy Space Spirals

    July 16, 2002

    Samples of fire moss that travel onboard the Space Shuttledo something odd: they spiral. Scientists say it's a clue to the fundamental inner workings of plant cells.