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  • In Search of Water, NASA Spacecraft to Hit the Moon

    April 10, 2006

    NASA today announced that a small spacecraft named LCROSS has been selected to travel to The Moonto look for precious water ice at the lunar south pole in October 2008.

  • Surprises from the Edge of the Solar System

    Sept. 21, 2006

    NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new realm of space, and it's beaming back some surprises.

  • Jupiter's New Red Spot

    March 3, 2006

    Backyard astronomers, grab your telescopes. Jupiteris growing a new red spot.

  • Crabs Give Blood for Space Travel

    Nov. 16, 2006

    Soon, Astronautsonboard the ISS will test a high-tech medical device that uses primitive enzymes from horseshoe crabs to diagnose human illness.

  • Solar Sentinels

    Sept. 1, 2006

    With Astronautsreturning to the Moon, reliable forecasts of Space Weatherare more important than ever. A new proposed mission called "Solar Sentinels" would surround the sun with spacecraft to keep an eye on solar activity.

  • Backward Sunspot

    Aug. 15, 2006

    A strange little sunspot may herald the coming of one of the stormiest solar cycles in decades.

  • Huge Storms Converge

    June 5, 2006

    The two biggest storms in the solar system are about to go bump in the night, in plain view of backyard telescopes.

  • Perseid Earthgrazers

    Aug. 7, 2006

    When the Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12th, the nearly-full Moon is going to spoil the show. But there might be something to see before The Moonrises: a side-show of Perseid Earthgrazers.

  • Return of the Leonids

    Nov. 14, 2006

    Earth is heading for a cloud of comet dust that could produce an outburst of Leonid Meteorson Nov. 19th.

  • A Heavenly Sky Show on the 4th of July

    June 29, 2006

    Who needs fireworks? As night falls on the 4th of July, a moon, a giant planet and a spaceship will emerge from the twilight for a sky show of their own.