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  • Destination: Gusev Crater

    Dec. 30, 2003

    On January 3, 2004, NASA's Mars rover Spirit is scheduled to land in a strange crater that might be an ancient martian lake bed.

  • Christmas Sunset

    Dec. 9, 2003

    Look west as night falls on Dec. 25th for a lovely pairing of brilliant Venus and the crescent moon.

  • The Hidden Life of Thunderstorms

    Oct. 30, 2003

    NASA scientists are using unmanned aircraft to explore the invisible electric and magnetic fields of thunderstorms. What they discover might help unravel a mystery about the charge on our planet.

  • Black Hole Sound Waves

    Sept. 9, 2003

    Sound waves 57 octaves lower than middle-C are rippling away from a supermassive black hole in the Perseus cluster.

  • Saturday Morning Science

    Feb. 25, 2003

    Quite by accident, we have made a most surprising observation, reports Don Pettit, the science officer of the International Space Station.

  • Liquids on Pause

    Oct. 16, 2003

    Upcoming experiments planned for the International Space Stationwill help engineers on Earth learn to handle undercooled fluids.

  • Candlestick Rocket Ship

    Jan. 29, 2003

    Forget antimatter and di-lithium crystals. The next hot rocket fuel is candle wax!

  • Solar Spitwads

    Jan. 8, 2003

    Using data from the Ulysses spacecraft, researchers have discovered that high-energy particles from the Sun sometimes go in unexpected directions.

  • The Cosmos is the Classroom

    March 4, 2003

    How do you teach young kids the wonders of physics? At an upcoming NASA-sponsored workshop, science teachers will learn to use real data from the Chandra X-ray Observatoryto inspire students in their own classrooms.

  • Space StationAstrophotography

    March 24, 2003

    Irregular galaxies, glittering cities, and auroras so close you can reach out and touch them ... almost. These are some of the things NASA Astronautshave been photographing from the International Space Station.