May 15, 2001
Hurtling toward Mars at 22,000 mph, Earth is heading for its closest encounter with The Red Planetin a dozen years. Mars is already a brilliant morning star and it will soon become a dazzling all-night spectacle.
Aug. 16, 2001
While most people are trying to avoid the perils of this year's hurricanes, scientists will soon be flying right into the mighty storms!
July 19, 2001
In ancient times many people thought heavenly alignments influenced daily life on Earth. Nowadays they set the schedule for space exploration.
May 18, 2001
When Comet LINEAR broke apart last year it revealed what many scientists thought all along: Water in Earth's oceans could have come from outer space.
July 25, 2001
Seed pods from a commercial gardening experiment aboard the International Space Stationare back on Earth. The far-out pods could hold the key to long-term habitation of space.
July 10, 2001
Beginning Friday the 13th -- a lucky day for stargazers -- four planets, the Moon, and a giant red star will put on a dazzling show for early-rising sky watchers.
May 17, 2001
North America has been sprinkled with a dash of Asia! A dust cloud from China crossed the Pacific Ocean recently and rained Asian dust from Alaska to Florida.
July 16, 2001
An enormous dust storm has erupted on Mars, shrouding the planet in haze and raising the temperature of its atmosphere by a whopping 30 degrees.
July 20, 2001
On July 20, 1976, NASA's Viking 1 lander descended safely to the surface of Mars, revealing an alien world that continues to puzzle scientists and tempt explorers.
June 28, 2001
New satellite images of the Pacific Ocean hint that El Nino will not return this winter. Instead, La Nina-like weather patterns will persist thanks to a "Pacific Decadal Oscillation" that might also repel strong El Ninos.