Missions

  • Space Shuttle Columbia Loses Contact
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA declared an emergency and feared the worst after losing communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship and its seven astronauts soared over Texas several minutes before its expected landing Saturday.
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  • Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Biology's Second Datum
    Midway through their marathon 2-week space shuttle experiments, Neil Tyson and David Warmflash explore one of biology's most elusive mysteries: Does life fit a second data point?
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  • Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to Biology’s Second Datum
    Midway through their marathon 2-week space shuttle experiments, Neil Tyson and David Warmflash explore one of biology's most elusive mysteries: Does life fit a second data point?
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  • 2002 in Astrobiology Imagery
    2002 did not disappoint those seeking visual evidence for the prerequisites to life elsewhere--whether in Martian canyons, the atmosphere of Saturn's moon, or the distant perspective of galactic clusters containing billions of unexplored stars.
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  • Scouting for Martian Molecules
    Mars Scout finalists are this week's selections for the Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame.
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  • The Envelope of Life? Please
    What we think and what we don't know, strongly affect our method of studying life in the universe. Perhaps more than what we know.
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  • Charting Course: Life in the Universe
    The National Academy of Sciences report entitled "Life in the Universe" highlights a top ten list of what has been found out so far about answering the big questions.
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  • Alien Landers: Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame
    This week's selection for the Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame is a trio of European probes slated to land on a comet (Rosetta), a Saturnian moon (Huygens) and the red planet (Mars Express).
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  • Sputnik 45th Anniversary: Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame
    This week's Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame celebrates the 45th anniversary-- from October 4, 1957 to today--of Sputnik.
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  • Remembrance: 9/11
    "It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than the distant [Voyager] image of our tiny
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