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19 asteroids caught in one night

The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope on Haleakala, Maui, discovered 19 near-Earth asteroids on the night of January 29, the most asteroids discovered by one telescope on a single night. Cataloging near-Earth asteroids ...

Feb 28, 2011 4.8 / 5 (5) 0

The great moonbuggy race

Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface, 84 teams of enterprising future engineers will demonstrate the same ingenuity and can-do spirit at the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy ...

Feb 24, 2011 not rated yet 0

Lifting to space

This year, NASA will launch its final Space Shuttle missions. The development of the Shuttle had sprung from the supersonic rocket planes of Chuck Yeager, and was an answer to the question: what is the best ...

Feb 03, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 0

The brotherhood of speed

About fifty miles northeast of Los Angeles, the small town of Rosamond slumbers on the edge of the Great American Desert. Here the air is thin and cold, and in the distance the smog in the LA basin is an orange-tinted ...

Feb 01, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0

Beaming rockets into space

Space launches have evoked the same image for decades: bright orange flames exploding beneath a rocket as it lifts, hovers and takes off into the sky. But an alternative propulsion system proposed by some ...

Jan 21, 2011 4.8 / 5 (22) 49 | with audio podcast

Reverence for the heavens

For some, the contemplation of the cosmos is a religious experience. Vatican astronomers say this can lead to profound insights about ourselves and the nature of the universe.

Jan 14, 2011 2.9 / 5 (15) 28

Planet affects a star's spin

The discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet that transfers orbital momentum to its host star may hold the key to a clearer understanding of the evolution of common planetary systems, according to findings presented ...

Jan 13, 2011 4.3 / 5 (6) 4 | with audio podcast

The day the algae died

The P-T mass extinction may have been instigated by populations of algae dying. According to one group of scientists, this die-off of large numbers of relatively simple life forms caused a crash in the ocean's ...

Dec 14, 2010 4.1 / 5 (13) 8 | with audio podcast

The three ages of Mars

There is no place on Earth that is a perfect copycat of Mars as it is now, or as it was at any specific point in the past. But scientists suggest Earth has little versions of Mars as it might have been over ...

Dec 10, 2010 4.6 / 5 (7) 1 | with audio podcast

Drilling in the name of science

Students in Robert Palassou's fifth-grade class at Valley View School got an unusual treat last month when scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center visited their Pleasanton, California, classroom and ...

Dec 07, 2010 1 / 5 (1) 0