June 28, 2000
Scientists met last month to discuss the latest developments in solar sail technology. A new mission, the Interstellar Probe, could carry a spacecraft beyond the edge of the solar system by 2018.
Dec. 17, 2000
Little by little, Lightningsensors in space are revealing the inner workings of severe storms. Scientists hope to use the technique to improve forecasts of deadly weather.
Dec. 4, 2000
New Mars Global Surveyor images reveal sedimentary rock layers on The Red Planetthat may have formed underwater in the distant martian past.
Jan. 14, 2000
Astronomers have discovered isolated Black Holesadrift among the stars in our galaxy.
Nov. 2, 2000
Rationing and recycling will be an essential part of life on the newly-populated International Space Station. In this article, the first of a series about the challenges of living in orbit, Science@NASA explores where the crew will get their water and how they will (re)use it.
Feb. 8, 2000
As any dinosaur can tell you, it's important to keep an eye on Near-Earth Asteroids. On February 14, 2000, NASA's NEAR spacecraft will go into orbit around 433 Eros for a year-long closeup look at a 21 mile long space rock. Data collected during the mission could revolutionize our understanding of the solar system's "minor planets."
March 24, 2000
NASA's IMAGE satellite, scheduled for launch on March 25, will revolutionize our understanding of Earth's magnetosphere. Space Weatherdata from the innovative spacecraft will be freely available to the public on the web and elsewhere. NASA scientists are developing plans for down-to-earth listening stations that HAM radio operators can build to capture the data themselves.
May 23, 2000
Aug. 25, 2000
Pilot studies indicate that microbial antibiotic production can be increased by up to 200 percent in space-grown cultures. Scientists who studied such antibiotics during the "John Glenn" shuttle mission in 1998 are looking forward to more low-gravity experiments on the International Space Station.
March 16, 2000
With summer just around the corner, NASA scientists are using space age technology to understand how characteristics of the urban environment create "urban heat islands.