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  • Lunar Lander Floats on Electric-blue Jets

    Oct. 15, 2009

    How do you fly on a world with no atmosphere? Wings won't work and neither do propellers. The space agency is perfecting the art of "airless flying" using a prototype lunar lander at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

  • Giant Ribbon Discovered at the Edge of the Solar System

    Oct. 15, 2009

    NASA's IBEX spacecraft has discovered a vast, glowing ribbon at the edge of the solar system. One mission scientist calls the discovery "shocking" and says theorists are "working like crazy" to explain the finding.

  • Microwaving Water from Moondust

    Oct. 7, 2009

    NASA scientists have figured out how to extract water from lunar soil. Their approach is as easy as using a microwave oven.

  • Giant Ring Discovered Around Saturn

    Oct. 7, 2009

    Just when you thought every big thing in the Solar System had already been discovered, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found an extraordinary new ring around Saturn.

  • The Fall of the Maya: 'They Did it to Themselves'

    Oct. 6, 2009

    Archeologists are using NASA satellites and supercomputers to crack the mystery of the ancient Maya. New findings suggest the Maya may have played a key role in their own downfall.

  • LCROSS Viewer's Guide

    Oct. 5, 2009

    On Friday morning, Oct. 9th, you can watch a pair of spacecraft crash into The Moonwith your own eyes. The purposeful impacts are the climax of NASA's LCROSS mission to unearth signs of water in lunar soil. Today's story tells how and where to look.

  • Cosmic RaysHit Space Age High

    Sept. 29, 2009

    NASA spacecraft are measuring record-high levels of cosmic rays--a side-effect of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. This development could have implications for the amount of shielding Astronautsneed to take when they explore deep space.

  • Meteorite Impacts Expose Ice on Mars

    Sept. 24, 2009

    Fresh meteorite impacts are exposing underground ice on Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is beaming back must-see photos of the process at work.

  • Water Molecules Found on the Moon

    Sept. 24, 2009

    Using instruments on three separate spacecraft, scientists have discovered water molecules in the polar regions of the Moon.

  • MESSENGER Set for Final Flyby of Mercury

    Sept. 23, 2009

    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is set to make its third and final flyby of the planet Mercury on Sept. 29th. The encounter is expected to produce hundreds of images of previously unseen terrain and confirm the strange elliptical shape of Mercury's equator.