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  • The International Space Weather Initiative

    The International Space Weather Initiative

    Nov. 8, 2010

    Prompted by a recent increase in solar activity, more than a hundred researchers and government officials are converging on Helwan, Egypt, this week to discuss a matter of global importance: storms from the sun.

  • Cometary Poison Gas Geyser Heralds Surprises

    Cometary Poison Gas Geyser Heralds Surprises

    Nov. 2, 2010

    A surge of cyanide gas from the nucleus of Comet Hartley 2 has researchers wondering, what is going on in the core of this small but active comet? Answers are in the offing as NASA's EPOXI mission prepares for a daring flyby on Nov. 4th.

  • Dead Spacecraft Walking

    Dead Spacecraft Walking

    Oct. 27, 2010

    A pair of NASA spacecraft that were supposed to be dead last year are heading to the Moon for a breakthrough mission in lunar orbit.

  • Scientists Watch for a "Hartley-id" Meteor Shower

    Scientists Watch for a "Hartley-id" Meteor Shower

    Oct. 26, 2010

    A pair of unusual fireballs over Canada and the southeastern USA have experts wondering if Comet Hartley 2 might produce a meteor shower in early November.

  • Solar Shield--Protecting the North American Power Grid

    Solar Shield--Protecting the North American Power Grid

    Oct. 26, 2010

    Modern power grids are increasingly vulnerable to strong solar storms. A new NASA project named "Solar Shield" could help keep the lights on.

  • Microbes and Molecules Get a Space-stress Test

    Microbes and Molecules Get a Space-stress Test

    Oct. 23, 2010

    Astrobiologists searching for life beyond Earth need to know how well life and its building blocks fare in space. To find out, NASA will monitor a miniature "crew" of organic molecules and microbes orbiting Earth for 6 months.

  • Lunar Impact Uncovered More Than Just Moon Water

    Lunar Impact Uncovered More Than Just Moon Water

    Oct. 21, 2010

    Nearly a year after announcing the discovery of water molecules on the moon, scientists say there's more than just water hiding in cold lunar craters.

  • NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Active Comet Hartley 2

    NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Active Comet Hartley 2

    Oct. 15, 2010

    NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft is hurtling toward Comet Hartley 2 for a breathtaking flyby on Nov. 4th. Mission scientists say all systems are go for a close encounter with one of the smallest yet most active comets they've seen.

  • Hubble Observes Aftermath of Possible Asteroid Collision

    Hubble Observes Aftermath of Possible Asteroid Collision

    Oct. 13, 2010

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured rare images of a suspected asteroid collision. The snapshots show a bizarre X-shaped object at the head of a comet-like trail of material. Their findings will be published in the Oct. 14th issue of Nature.

  • The Year of the Solar System

    The Year of the Solar System

    Oct. 7, 2010

    Planetary exploration is shifting into high gear with an unprecedented tripling of flybys, orbital insertions and launches to destinations around the solar system. To commemorate the increase, NASA has declared the year ahead "The Year of the Solar System."