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  • Moon Fountains

    2005Sept. 20, 2011

    When Astronautsreturn to The Moonin the years ahead, they might encounter electrified fountains and other strange things.

  • Are TGFs Hazardous to Air Travelers?

    2010April 6, 2011

    Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) surge through thunderstorms at about the same altitude where commercial airliners fly. Do these blasts of gamma-radiation pose a hazard to air travelers?

  • Cool Movie: SDO Destroys a Sundog

    2010April 6, 2011

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory amazed onlookers last week when it flew past a sundog and destroyed it. Must-see videos of the event captured shock waves from the rocket billowing through the sundog, eliciting cries of delight and amazement from the crowd below.

  • Old Moon Rover Beams Surprising Laser Flashes to Earth

    2010April 6, 2011

    A Soviet robot lost on the dusty plains of the Moon for the past 40 years has been found again, and it is returning surprisingly strong laser pulses to Earth. Researchers plan to use the aged robot to help them measure the Moon's orbit and test theories of gravity.

  • The Surprising Shape of Solar Storms

    2009April 6, 2011

    For the first time, NASA spacecraft have traced the 3D shape of solar storms known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). It turns out the most ferocious storms resemble something from a French bakery.

  • Blue Moon on New Year's Eve

    2009April 6, 2011

    Party planners take note. For the first time in almost twenty years, there's going to be a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve.

  • Beyond Apollo: Moon Tech Takes a Giant Leap

    2009April 6, 2011

    1960s technology worked for the Apollo program, but next-generation lunar explorers are going to need an upgrade. NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program is working on new and improved tools for NASA's return to the Moon.

  • Exploring the Moon, Discovering Earth

    2009April 6, 2011

    Forty years ago, Apollo Astronautsset out on a daring adventure to explore the Moon. They ended up discovering their own planet.

  • Ares Super-chute

    2009April 6, 2011

    NASA and U.S. Air Force test pilots have just dropped a 50,000-pound "dummy" rocket booster on the Arizona desert--and stopped it before it crashed. It's all part of NASA's plan to return to the Moon.

  • Otherworldly Solar Eclipse

    2009Sept. 20, 2011

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