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  • Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

    March 16, 2012

    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is finding hundreds of new objects at the very edge of the electromagnetic spectrum. Many of them have one thing in common: Astronomers have no idea what they are.

  • Flying Through a Geomagnetic Storm

    Flying Through a Geomagnetic Storm

    March 2, 2012

    Lately, the International Space Station has been flying through geomagnetic storms, giving astronauts an close-up view of the aurora borealis just outside their windows.

  • Next-Gen Weather Satellites to Improve Tornado Warnings

    Next-Gen Weather Satellites to Improve Tornado Warnings

    Feb. 29, 2012

    NOAA and NASA are working on a series of next-generation weather satellites called "GOES-R" that will improve warnings of deadly tornadoes and other severe weather.

  • Curiosity, the Stunt Double

    Curiosity, the Stunt Double

    Feb. 23, 2012

    En route to the Red Planet, Mars rover Curiosity has experienced the strongest solar radiation storm since 2005. Researchers say this is part of Curiosity's job as a 'stunt double' for human astronauts.

  • The Fireballs of February

    The Fireballs of February

    Feb. 22, 2012

    A number of unusual fireballs observed around the USA this month have researchers wondering if Earth is passing through a special "February swarm" of meteoroids.

  • Cold and Spellbinding: An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky

    Cold and Spellbinding: An Alignment of Planets in the Sunset Sky

    Feb. 17, 2012

    The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012. Start looking tonight!

  • Europe Hammered by Winter, Is North America Next?

    Europe Hammered by Winter, Is North America Next?

    Feb. 16, 2012

    After a slow start to winter around much of the Northern Hemisphere, Europe has plunged into a deep freeze. In today's story from Science@NASA, JPL climatologist Bill Patzert describes how and why Mother Nature has done an about face.

  • Alien Matter in the Solar System: A Galactic Mismatch

    Alien Matter in the Solar System: A Galactic Mismatch

    Feb. 10, 2012

    "Alien matter" detected by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Earth shows that the chemical make-up of our solar system differs from that of the surrounding galaxy. Researchers discuss the possible meaning of this mismatch in today's story from Science@NASA.

  • Mission to Land on a Comet

    Mission to Land on a Comet

    Feb. 2, 2012

    Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is en route to intercept a comet– and to make history. In 2014, Rosetta will enter orbit around 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko and land a probe on it for a front row seat as the comet heads toward the sun.

  • Solar Eclipse over the USA

    Solar Eclipse over the USA

    Jan. 27, 2012

    A "ring of fire" solar eclipse is coming to the USA this spring. It's the first annular eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in almost 18 years.