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  • 5 Feb 1999

    Drop a laptop computer--oops!--and the glass and brittle semiconductors of its screen may shatter.

  • 4 Feb 1999

    Like a 19th century ship captain forced to navigate by sextant after losing his chronometer, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is now taking its cues from the sun thanks to an innovative solution to a dilemma that threatened to end the spacecraft's mission.

  • 16 Dec 1998

    By bathing electrons in intense light pulses, researchers have forced them to dance in figure-8 shapes and reemit the light in rainbow colors.

  • 3 Dec 1998

    France, Europe's most ambitious space-faring nation, announced a major new initiative this week outside the scope of the European Space Agency (ESA): a collaboration with NASA on the U.S. agency's Mars Sample Return mission.

  • 25 Nov 1998

    The Galileo spacecraft unexpectedly shut down on 22 November, just before it was to fly by Europa. NASA engineers had the spacecraft operating normally a day later, but they lost a chance to observe the Jovian moon, which appears to harbor an ice-covered ocean that may hold primitive life.

  • 29 Oct 1998

    Scientists have created a sparkling form of carbon that can scatter light like opal.

  • 13 Oct 1998

    NAPLES, ITALY--After 4 months of nail-biting over the fate of one of their most successful research spacecraft ever, solar astronomers are breathing a sigh of relief this week.

  • 16 Sep 1998

    NASA succeeded today in pointing the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) at the sun--a crucial step toward getting the spacecraft collecting data again. However, it will take several weeks before anxious scientists can test their instruments, which may have been damaged by severe cold.

  • 3 Sep 1998

    NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) engineers announced today at a press conference that they have not detected permanent damage to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which spun out of control and lost power after a series of ground control errors in June.