News Briefs

  • A Visit to Cupid for Valentine’s Day
    On February 12, NEAR Shoemaker becomes the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid. Its findings may tell us something about our planet, our solar system, and solar systems beyond our own.
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  • More Distant Planets Discovered
    Imagine discovering eight new worlds outside our solar system while the rest of the world is on summer vacation. See what's out of this world, thanks to the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory and the European Southern Observatory.
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  • Leonid Meteors Yield Rich Astrobiology Research Results
    In search of meteor showers, an airborne research mission indicates that the chemical precursors to life found in comet dust into early Earth's atmosphere.
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  • Life Under Bombardment
    Does Greenland give a clue as to whether life was seeded twice: 'stock' cultures surviving one big impact event? Life Under Bombardment looks for the evidence of our terrestrial past.
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