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  • As the Seasons Change, Will the Plankton?

    As the Seasons Change, Will the Plankton?

    Feb. 17, 2011

    To understand the planet’s biggest food source—phytoplankton—and perhaps its most important sink for carbon dioxide, you’ve got to get out on the water.

  • Musical Chairs around the Periodic Table

    Musical Chairs around the Periodic Table

    Feb. 17, 2011

    The claim of a microbe that swaps arsenic for phosphorus may be questionable, but alternative chemistries for life is still a question worth considering, say researchers.

  • Herschel Measures Dark Matter for Star-Forming Galaxies

    Herschel Measures Dark Matter for Star-Forming Galaxies

    Feb. 17, 2011

    The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars. The findings are a key step in understanding how dark matter contributed to the birth of massive galaxies in the early universe.

  • Triple Tropical Threat in Southern Hemisphere

    Triple Tropical Threat in Southern Hemisphere

    Feb. 16, 2011

    Three tropical cyclones in the Southern Hemisphere are causing concern for Madagascar and Australia. NASA's Hurricane page provides updated satellite data and information. Shown here is System 97S, near western Australia.

  • Counting Down to Glory's Launch

    Counting Down to Glory's Launch

    Feb. 16, 2011

    The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft is scheduled for February 23. Data from Glory, managed by Goddard, will allow scientists to better understand how the sun and tiny particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

  • SDO Sundog Mystery

    SDO Sundog Mystery

    Feb. 16, 2011

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), best known for cutting-edge images of the sun, has made a discovery right here on Earth.

  • NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet

    NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet

    Feb. 16, 2011

    NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission.

  • Solar Dynamics Observatory: One Year in Space

    Solar Dynamics Observatory: One Year in Space

    Feb. 15, 2011

    A year after launch, SDO has sent back millions of stunning images of the sun and a host of new data to help us understand the complex star at the heart of our solar system.

  • New View of Family Life in the North American Nebula

    New View of Family Life in the North American Nebula

    Feb. 15, 2011

    "One of the things that makes me so excited about this image [from the Spitzer Space Telescope] is how different it is from the visible image, and how much more we can see," says researcher Luisa Rebull.

  • Glory Set to Launch Feb. 23 on Climate Mission

    Glory Set to Launch Feb. 23 on Climate Mission

    Feb. 15, 2011

    The Glory spacecraft and its Taurus XL launch vehicle is set to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California 5:09 a.m. EST on Feb. 23. It will study the role tiny particles known as aerosols play in the planet's weather.