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  • Fear No Supernova

    Fear No Supernova

    Dec. 19, 2011

    Another erroneous doomsday theory for 2012 is that a supernova explosion could harm life on Earth. Astronomers can say with certainty that there is no threatening star close enough to hurt Earth.

  • Lava Tube Microbes Live in Mars-Like Conditions

    Lava Tube Microbes Live in Mars-Like Conditions

    Dec. 16, 2011

    Researchers have discovered microbes that thrive in an environment that is, in some ways, "Mars-like."

  • Goddard Year In Review: Astrophysics

    Goddard Year In Review: Astrophysics

    Dec. 15, 2011

    Stories, images and videos represent some of the 2011 highlights in the field of astrophysics.

  • Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

    Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

    Dec. 15, 2011

    By 2100, climate change will bring big changes to Earth's ecosystems.

  • Comet Harpoon for Sample Return

    Comet Harpoon for Sample Return

    Dec. 14, 2011

    Scientists Goddard Space Flight Center are in the early stages of working out the best design for a sample-collecting comet harpoon.

  • Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research in Space

    Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research in Space

    Dec. 14, 2011

    NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars. The research will aid in planning for future human missions to the Red Planet.

  • Life Possible on Extensive Parts of Mars

    Life Possible on Extensive Parts of Mars

    Dec. 13, 2011

    A new study indicates that extensive regions of the sub-surface of Mars could contain water and be at comfortable temperatures for terrestrial - and potentially martian - microbes.

  • Portraits of Moons Captured by Cassini

    Portraits of Moons Captured by Cassini

    Dec. 13, 2011

    Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its closest-ever pass over Saturn’s moon Dione.

  • Dawn Spirals Down to Lowest Orbit

    Dawn Spirals Down to Lowest Orbit

    Dec. 13, 2011

    NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.

  • Cassini to Make a Double Play

    Cassini to Make a Double Play

    Dec. 12, 2011

    In an action-packed day and a half, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making its closest swoop over the surface of Saturn's moon Dione and scrutinizing the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.