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  • Space Porch Open for Business

    2009April 6, 2011

    Barely two weeks after it was installed by the crew of Space ShuttleEndeavour, the Japanese-built platform is already bustling with experiments in Astronomyand space physics--and that's just for starters.

  • Space StationMarathon

    2009April 6, 2011

    The International Space Station(ISS) is about to make a remarkable series of flybys over the United States. Beginning this 4th of July weekend, the station will appear once, twice, and sometimes three times a day for many days in a row.

  • Spacewalkers Test Planetary Protection Concept

    2009April 6, 2011

    On March 19th, Astronautsonboard the International Space Stationchecked themselves for microbes before stepping outside on a space walk. It was a first-ever test of planetary protection technology that, one day, could keep humans from contaminating the sands of Mars.

  • Space StationConstruction Visible Through Backyard Telescopes

    2009Sept. 20, 2011

    Space ShuttleDiscovery launched Sunday, March 15th, on a construction mission to the International Space Station. Perfect timing for sky watchers! The mission coincides with a series of ISS flybys over North American towns and cities. People who go outside after sunset can see the shuttle-station combo with their naked eyes and view the changing outlines of the ISS through backyard telescopes.

  • In Search of Antimatter Galaxies

    2009May 16, 2011

    Next year, a powerful cosmic ray detector will be installed on the International Space Station. Its mission: to search for antimatter galaxies and other exotic phenomena in the Universe.

  • The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity

    2009April 6, 2011

    When Astronautstravel through space, the human heart loses something it needs: the Earthly pull of gravity. Is this a problem? NASA is launching a new study to find out.

  • AstronautsSwab the Decks

    2009April 6, 2011

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

  • Looking Forward to the Space Station

    2000Sept. 20, 2011

    Scientists at a recent media forum said they are eager to begin using the International Space Stationas an innovative orbiting research laboratory. "The Hubble Space Telescope is to astrophysicists as the International Space Stationwill be to other researchers -- a working science laboratory in space," noted one participant.

  • Space StationAstrophotography

    2003April 6, 2011

    Irregular galaxies, glittering cities, and auroras so close you can reach out and touch them ... almost. These are some of the things NASA Astronautshave been photographing from the International Space Station.

  • Liquids on Pause

    2003April 6, 2011

    Upcoming experiments planned for the International Space Stationwill help engineers on Earth learn to handle undercooled fluids.