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  • A Taste for Comet Water

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    When Comet LINEAR broke apart last year it revealed what many scientists thought all along: Water in Earth's oceans could have come from outer space.

  • A New Comet

    2001April 6, 2011

    Last weekend an amateur astronomer peered through his telescope and found a new comet the old-fashioned way -- by looking!

  • Jellyplants on Mars

    2001Nov. 26, 2011

    Scientists are creating a new breed of glowing plants --part mustard and part jellyfish-- to help humans explore the Red Planet.

  • Teaming Up on Space Plants

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    This week students, scientists, and Astronautswill join forces to learn more about how plants grow on the International Space Station.

  • Gravity Hurts (So Good)

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    Strange things happen to the body when humans venture into space and the familiar pull of gravity vanishes. Scientists say exercise is the key to adapting to life in orbit -- and returning to Earth.

  • Buck Rogers, Watch Out!

    2001April 6, 2011

    NASA researchers are studying insects and birds, and using smart materials with uncanny properties to develop mindboggling new aircraft designs.

  • Horse Flies and Meteors

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    Like bugs streaking down the side window of a moving car, long and colorful Perseid Earthgrazers could put on a remarkable show before midnight on August 11th.

  • Suds in Space

    2001April 6, 2011

    Bubbly, frothing and ticklish -- soft drinks and beer promise a welcome taste of home to faraway space travelers.

  • Gamma-rays from an Asteroid

    2001April 6, 2011

    Perched on the surface of asteroid 433 Eros, NASA's NEAR spacecraft is beaming back measurements of gamma-rays leaking from the space rock's dusty soil.

  • Fire Photon Torpedoes!

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    A NASA alliance with minority colleges and universities is working to create futuristic computers that operate using particles of light.