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  • Wake Up and Smell the Coffee--on the Moon!

    May 15, 2009

    Have you ever wondered how you'd make your morning coffee if you were living on another planet? NASA engineers have power systems on the drawing board that could run coffee makers--and so much more--on the Moon, Mars and beyond.

  • Space ShuttleAtlantis Launches on Final Mission to Hubble

    May 11, 2009

    Space ShuttleAtlantis with its seven-member crew launched at 2:01 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 11th, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

  • Salmonella Spills its Secrets on the Space Shuttle

    May 6, 2009

    NASA-supported researchers have figured out why Salmonella bacteria become more virulent when they travel on board spaceships. They've also learned how to calm the bacteria down again--a trick that could come in handy for fighting diseases here on Earth.

  • Active Mercury

    April 30, 2009

    A NASA spacecraft gliding over the surface of Mercury has revealed that the planet's atmosphere, magnetosphere, and its geological past display greater levels of activity than scientists first suspected.

  • New Gamma-Ray Burst Smashes Cosmic Distance Record

    April 28, 2009

    A gamma-ray burst detected by NASA's Swift satellite has smashed the previous distance record for the most powerful explosions in the Universe. Researchers are calling it 'an incredible find' and a 'true blast from the past.'

  • Weekend Sky Show

    April 24, 2009

    On Sunday, April 26th, the crescent Moon, Mercury and the Pleiades star cluster will line up in the western sky for a beautiful sunset conjunction.

  • NASA Puts the Right Stuff in the Right Hands

    April 22, 2009

    All research and no application makes data a dull toy. NASA's SPoRT program brings data to life by putting it in the hands of people who can use it best--the National Weather Service forecasters who send us scurrying for cover when severe weather looms.

  • Venus Disappears During Meteor Shower

    April 17, 2009

    A meteor shower. A crescent Moon. A disappearing planet. These three things will be on display next Wednesday, April 22nd, when The Moonoccults Venus during the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

  • The Surprising Shape of Solar Storms

    April 14, 2009

    For the first time, NASA spacecraft have traced the 3D shape of solar storms known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). It turns out the most ferocious storms resemble something from a French bakery.

  • NASA Heads up Mt. Everest

    April 10, 2009

    NASA researchers are about to climb the slopes of Earth's tallest mountain to test exploration technologies they'll need on The Moonand Mars.