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  • Otherworldly Solar Eclipse

    Feb. 25, 2009

    For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution video of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world.

  • Extreme Gamma-ray Burst

    Feb. 20, 2009

    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has detected a record-setting gamma-ray burst with the greatest total energy and fastest motions ever seen.

  • Kepler Mission to Hunt for Earth-like Planets

    Feb. 20, 2009

    Are there other worlds like ours? Are we alone? NASA's Kepler spacecraft is about to begin an unprecedented journey that could answer these ancient questions.

  • Spectacular Photo-op on Saturn

    Feb. 19, 2009

    Something is about to happen on Saturn that is so pretty, even Hubble will pause to take a look. Backyard astronomers can see it, too. Four of Saturn's moons will transit Saturn and cast their shadows on the planet's cloudtops at the same time.

  • Gamma-ray Flare Star

    Feb. 10, 2009

    NASA spacecraft are monitoring blasts of gamma-ray energy from a star 30,000 light years away. Some of the flares have packed more total energy than the sun puts out in 20 years.

  • AstronautsSwab the Decks

    Feb. 6, 2009

    Even in space, someone has to clean the bathroom. ISS Astronautsare using a tricorder-like device to help them 'swab the decks.'

  • Green Comet Approaches Earth

    Feb. 4, 2009

    Comet Lulin is approaching Earth for a 38-million-mile close encounter later this month. The green double-tailed comet is putting on a fine show for backyard telescopes and could soon become visible to the unaided eye.

  • Mars Technology Helps Create Inauguration Mega-Picture

    Feb. 2, 2009

    A private photographer has used NASA's Mars technology to create a 1,474 megapixel panoramic photo of President Obama's inauguration. The interactive mega-snapshot has become an international sensation, viewed by more than two million people in 186 countries.

  • NASA Sees the Dark Side of the Sun

    Jan. 23, 2009

    Today, NASA researchers announced an event that will transform our view of the Sun and super-charge the field of solar Physicsfor many years to come.

  • Severe Space Weather--Social and Economic Impacts

    Jan. 21, 2009

    A new NASA-funded study details what might happen to our modern, high-tech society in the event of a 'super solar flare' followed by an extreme geomagnetic storm. Some of the conclusions might surprise you.