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  • Turning blueprints into watercolors

    1999April 6, 2011

    A Science@NASA writer shares notes from a science writing workshop, where writers honed their skills at turning scientific facts into readable prose.

  • Dashing and Coasting to the Interstellar Finish Line

    1999Sept. 20, 2011

    A race to the edge of the solar system and into interstellar space could come out of a contract awarded recently by NASA for the University of Washington to develop an innovative space propulsion concept. The Mini-Magnetospheric Plasma Propulsion - M2P2 - would use the solar wind to push on a small imitation of the Earth's magnetosphere and accelerate the spacecraft to overtake the Pioneers and Voyagers and become the first manmade object to leave the solar system.

  • Leonids in the Crystal Ball

    1999April 6, 2011

    Most experts agree that 1999 is a likely year for a full-fledged Leonids meteor storm. Other forecasters think that better displays could be in store for 2000 - 2002. Whatever the case, the place to be before dawn on November 18, 1999 is outdoors and looking up!

  • Shake, Rattle, and Zoom

    1999April 6, 2011

    Two NASA scientists developed VISAR, a new imaging technology, to help the FBI with a crime scene video. VISAR eliminates jitter, adjusts for inadvertent zoom, and brightens dark shots. VISAR will soon be available to help anyone improve their home, or professional video.

  • Reaching for the Stars

    1999April 6, 2011

    At the 1999 Advanced Propulsion Research Workshop, fusion and antimatter take center stage as rocket fuels of the future.

  • Huge Fireball Dazzles Midwest

    1999April 6, 2011

    Tuesday night an unusual Earth-grazing fireball attracted stares in over a half-dozen US states. Could it be a taste of things to come when the Leonids peak Thursday morning?

  • Going Comet Wild

    1999April 6, 2011

    The Stardust spacecraft is poised to blast off on a rendezvous with a comet - and set to bring back pieces of the comet's coma to Earth.

  • Star Wars technology, coming soon to a planet near you

    1999April 6, 2011

    Although technology you see in a Star Wars movie may seem like futuristic fantasy, check out some research NASA is doing today to turn some of that fantasy into fact.

  • Hunting for Halley's Comet

    1999April 6, 2011

    This weekend, a high-flying weather balloon takes off from Kansas in search of meteoroids from comet Halley.

  • Sightings

    1999April 6, 2011

    New software from NASA, called "J-Pass," can tell you when and where to spot satellites passing overhead - from your own backyard.