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    April 18, 2000

  • First Light from Eros Orbit

    Feb. 14, 2000

    NEAR's first close-up pictures from Eros orbit have arrived at Earth. This story includes a beautiful image of a large crater on the asteroid and highlights from this afternoon's NASA press briefing.

  • Station Sightings

    July 24, 2000

    Thanks to a new NASA web site, stargazers can track the progress of the growing International Space Stationfrom their own backyards. Because it reflects sunlight down to Earth, the ISS often looks like a slow-moving star as it crosses the sky. It can even appear as bright as the star Sirius if you know when and where to look.

  • The Moonlit Leonids 2000

    Oct. 10, 2000

    Our planet is heading for a minefield of cosmic dust streams laid down by periodic comet Tempel-Tuttle. The result could be a series of three Leonid meteor outbursts on Nov. 17 and 18, 2000. The bright quarter Moon, which will lie in the constellation Leo, could overpower faint meteors.

  • Planets for Dessert

    March 30, 2000

    Next Thursday, April 6, three planets and the thin crescent Moon are going to put on a memorable sky show when the quartet converge inside a circle 9 degrees across. The grouping is just the prelude to a grander alignment of planets on May 5, 2000. Is doom at hand, as many mystics assert?

  • Interstellar Dust in the Wind

    April 24, 2000

    Like an excited kid hoping to snag a fly ball at a professional baseball game, NASA's Stardust spacecraft has extended its high-tech "catcher's mitt" to collect a valuable space souvenir -- a batch of interstellar dust particles.

  • Solstice Moon

    June 14, 2000

    This week's full Moon, which takes place just four days before the June solstice, will appear unusually big and colorful to observers in the northern hemisphere. The exaggerated size of the low-lying solstice Moon is an illusion, say scientists, but that won't detract from its beauty.

  • Galaxies in Collision

    March 1, 2000

    Pictures of a colossal cosmic "weather system" produced by the collision of two giant clusters of galaxies have been captured by NASAís Chandra X-ray Observatory. For the first time, the pressure fronts in the system can be traced in detail.

  • One small step for Chandra …

    Jan. 13, 2000

    ....one giant leap for X-ray astronomy. NASA's newest Great Observatory solves a longstanding mystery.

  • Microscopic Stowaways on the ISS

    Nov. 26, 2000

    Wherever humans go microbes will surely follow, and the Space Stationis no exception. In this article, NASA scientists discuss how Astronautson the ISS will keep potentially bothersome microorganisms under control.