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  • New Hubble images of the Red Planet

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope Institute have released new images of Mars to commemorate the landing of Mars Pathfinder on July 4, 1997.

  • Bringing Mars into the Iron Age

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA scientists are developing ways to mine and process iron ore for energy production on Mars, creating technologies needed to support a human colony.

  • Galileo has a hot date with Io

    1999April 6, 2011

    On October 10 NASA's Galileo spacecraft will execute a daring flyby of Jupiter's volcanic moon. This story includes newly released images of Io and information about the flyby.

  • A Leonid on the Moon?

    1999April 6, 2011

    The first recorded impact of a meteorite on The Moonmay have been captured on video during the 1999 Leonids meteor storm. Astronomers call for confirming data.

  • Meteor balloon set for launch

    1999April 6, 2011

    This weekend scientists will launch a weather balloon designed to capture meteoroids in the stratosphere. The flight will be broadcast live on the web from a video camera carried aloft to 100,000 ft.

  • A Surprise November Meteor Shower?

    1999April 6, 2011

    On November 11, 1999 Earth will pass close to the orbit of newly-discovered Comet LINEAR C/1999J3. The result could be a new meteor shower -- the Linearids. This article includes tips for visual and ham radio observing.

  • Leonids on the Moon

    1999April 6, 2011

    When the Leonid meteor shower strikes on November 18, Earth won't be the only place in the cross hairs. The Moonwill also pass very close to the debris stream of comet Tempel-Tuttle. Leonid meteorite impacts on The Moonmight be visible from Earth and provide a means for long-distance lunar prospecting.

  • Studying the Mysteries of the Titanium Star

    1999April 6, 2011

    When the Chandra X-ray Observatorytook its "first light" image, it wasn't looking at just another star shining in the darkness. It was watching a foundry distribute its wares to the rest of the galaxy.

  • Lunar Prospector in Eclipse

    1999April 6, 2011

    This Wednesday's partial Lunar Eclipseposes a last-minute threat to Lunar Prospector, which is scheduled three days later to crash into The Moonin search of water.

  • Taking a ringside seat for a gamma-ray burst

    1999April 6, 2011

    Supercomputers are giving scientists a ringside seat for one of the most violent events in nature, the heart of a gamma ray burst. The "collapsar" model simulates a star that is too heavy to go supernova, and thus turns itself inside out.