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  • Meteorites Don't Pop Corn

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    A fireball that dazzled Americans on July 23rd was a piece of a comet or an asteroid, scientists say. Contrary to reports, however, it probably didn't scorch any cornfields.

  • The Continuing Adventures of Deep Space 1

    2001April 6, 2011

    NASA's Deep Space 1probe, a veteran of more than one spine-tingling space adventure, is about to begin its greatest adventure yet -- a daring plunge into a comet.

  • What Space Needs: The Human Touch

    2001Nov. 26, 2011

    NASA's Human Exploration and Development of Space enterprise tackles one of the toughest and most redeeming problems of all: sending humans into space.

  • Voyage to the Giant Asteroids

    2007April 6, 2011

    This summer, NASA will launch a robotic probe to visit two stange and giant asteroids--one is covered with ice while the other may have been blasted by an ancient supernova. The tales these Asteroidstell may reveal the true beginnings of our solar system.

  • Blast Off for Orbital Express

    2007April 6, 2011

    The Orbital Express mission to test cutting-edge automated rendezvous and docking technologies blasted off from Cape Canaveral last night.

  • Look Ma! No (Human) Hands!

    2007April 6, 2011

    Two satellites slated for launch this week are heading for an extraordinary rendezvous in Earth orbit. The name of the mission is Orbital Express and its goal is to test futuristic technologies key to the exploration of The Moonand Mars.

  • Asteroid Threatens to Hit Mars

    2007April 6, 2011

    NASA-funded astronomers are monitoring a Tunguska-sized asteroid that will pass within 30,000 miles of Mars on Jan. 30, 2008. Based on data currently available, the space rock has a 1-in-75 chance of actually hitting Mars and blasting a crater more than half-a-mile wide.

  • Methane Blast

    2007April 6, 2011

    NASA-supported scientists and engineers have successfully tested a methane-powered rocket engine. The firing was not only remarkably beautiful but also may herald a new type of spacecraft that one day roams the outer solar system gathering fuel from planets and moons that it visits.

  • Throttling Back to the Moon

    2007April 6, 2011

    Accelerating from 0 to 60, then slowing down for a stop light is no problem for an ordinary automobile. But if you were piloting a rocketship, it wouldn't be so easy.

  • Blasting a Hole in a Comet: Take 2

    2007April 6, 2011

    Two years ago, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft blasted a hole in Comet Tempel 1, offering researchers their first look inside a comet. One small problem: The cloud of debris was so thick no one could clearly see the crater. But now the dust has cleared and another NASA spacecraft is returning to the scene to examine the hole Deep Impact wrought.