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  • The 2003 Leonid Meteor Shower

    Oct. 10, 2003

    An unusual double Leonid meteor shower is going to peak next month over parts of Asia and North America.

  • The Strange Physicsof Foam

    June 9, 2003

    What's made mostly of gas, a dash of liquid, and acts like a springy solid? Foams. Foams are so common we seldom appreciate how strange they are. Scientists are designing an experiment for the International Space Stationto investigate the puzzling Physicsof these everyday substances.

  • Hurricane Isabel: The View from Space

    Sept. 18, 2003

    High above Earth, NASA satellites have taken some remarkable pictures of Hurricane Isabel's landfall.

  • Saturn Rings in the New Year

    Dec. 12, 2003

    Earth is approaching Saturn for our closest encounter with the ringed planet in decades. The best time to look: when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

  • DNA Biosentinels

    Oct. 7, 2003

    A NASA-supported researcher is learning how to snag strands of DNA and examine them one by one under a microscope.

  • Instant Glider--Just Add Light.

    May 2, 2003

    This weekend university students will test an innovative concept for Mars Explorationwhen they loft a glider with inflatable wings to the edge of space 100,000 ft above Earth.

  • near-Earth Supernovas

    Jan. 6, 2003

    A new NASA mission named "CHIPS" will soon leave Earth to study the remains of some uncomfortably close supernova explosions.

  • It's a Supernova!

    April 10, 2003

    On March 29, 2003, in the constellation Leo, something exploded--bright enough to see through small telescopes in brightly-lit cities. Astronomers say it provides the long-sought link between supernovas and mysterious gamma ray bursts.

  • Lunar Eclipse

    May 12, 2003

    Later this week, millions of sky watchers can step outside and see the first Lunar Eclipseof 2003.

  • Cracks in Earth's Magnetic Shield

    Dec. 3, 2003

    California-sized cracks in our planet's magnetic field can remain open for hours, allowing the solar wind to gush through and power stormy space weather.