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  What if you woke up one morning and found your whole planet had been swallowed by the atmosphere of
Living with a Star
What if you woke up one morning and found your whole planet had been swallowed by the atmosphere of a star? Don't laugh, it could happen to you, and NASA has a special program to deal with it.
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  NASA scientists are preparing to launch a "flying tractor" with microwave sensors to explore the nit
The Realm of Earthworms: NASA Gets Down to the Nitty-Gritty
NASA scientists are preparing to launch a "flying tractor" with microwave sensors to explore the nitty-gritty realm beneath your feet.
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  There are places on the Moon where the sun hasn't shined for millions of years, inky-dark places tha
A Flash of Insight: LCROSS Mission Update
There are places on the Moon where the sun hasn't shined for millions of years, inky-dark places that may harbor a treasure of great value. NASA's is about to light one of them up.
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  Have you ever stared up at the night sky, felt a gentle breeze, and wished you could set sail for th
A Brief History of Solar Sails
Have you ever stared up at the night sky, felt a gentle breeze, and wished you could set sail for the stars? Get in line. Many great thinkers from history have had the same idea. This long-held fancy could soon become reality with one solar sail mission on the drawing board and another already on the launching pad, slated to blast off this summer.
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  This Friday, August 1st, millions of people in China will witness a well-publicized total eclipse of
Partial Eclipse, Total Fun
This Friday, August 1st, millions of people in China will witness a well-publicized total eclipse of the sun. Less widely reported is the partial eclipse, which *billions* of people across a quarter of the globe can observe and enjoy.
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  Researchers have discovered what powers brilliant outbursts of Northern Lights: gigantic plasma bull
Plasma Bullets Trigger Northern Lights
Researchers have discovered what powers brilliant outbursts of Northern Lights: gigantic plasma bullets launched toward Earth by explosions 1/3rd of the way to the Moon.
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  NASA Works to Improve Short-term Weather Forecasts
NASA scientists are using an infra-red sounder in space to improve short-term weather forecasting.
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  What's Wrong with the Sun?
The sun is entering its 3rd year of eerie calm. Sunspots are rare and solar flares simply aren't happening. Is this "solar minimum" lasting longer than it should? A NASA scientist has examined centuries of sunspot data to find the answer.
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  A Telescope Made of Moondust
Mix moondust with epoxy, add a dash of carbon nanotubes, and spin. The result? A parabolic mirror perfectly suited for a lunar observatory. A NASA scientist has discovered this new recipe for making telescopes out of moondust, and to prove it works he has spun a "moondust mirror" here on Earth.
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  New Discoveries at Mercury
Mercury's magnetic field is "alive." Volcanic vents ring the planet's giant Caloris basin while the planet itself is surrounded by a plasma nebula of unexpected complexity.
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  Planets Align for the 4th of July
Look beyond the fireworks on 4th of July weekend. A trio of worlds is converging for a pretty sunset sky show.
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