• 16 Dec 1996

    The planetary freak show is getting so crowded it's hard to call them freaks anymore.

  • 13 Dec 1996

    Four space-based detectors have picked up what might be a statistical fluke--or a vital clue in what Bonnard Teegarden of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, calls "the biggest puzzle in modern astronomy." Teegarden is a member of a U.S.-Russian team that announced this wee

  • 12 Dec 1996

    Washington--Images from Jupiter's moon Europa released at a NASA press conference here today are wowing planetary scientists, who believe they are seeing yet more signs that beneath Europa's icy surface lies

  • 4 Dec 1996

    A hole in the leading theory of quasars may now have been filled by results announced in the 10 December Astrophysical Journal. Shining brightly in the far reaches of the universe, quasars are the most energetic objects known.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--NASA hopes the third try will be the charm for the launch of Mars Pathfinder. High winds scrubbed the first attempt on Monday, and a computer glitch halted the second yesterday morning.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Planetary scientists announced at a press conference this afternoon that they have found strong signs of ice secreted in a dark cranny near the moon's south pole.

  • 2 Dec 1996

    PARIS--The European Space Agency's (ESA's) science program committee late last week approved a reincarnation of the Cluster-2 mission, four satellites that are to study Earth's magnetosphere.

  • 27 Nov 1996

    The Hubble Space Telescope has glimpsed massive balls of gas reeling like comets around a galaxy's center. These whirling dervishes may help scientists better understand the strange physics of galactic collisions.

  • 27 Nov 1996

    A fugitive on the lam in the heavens for years has finally been nailed. In tomorrow's issue of Nature, scientists announce that they have glimpsed an unusual three-proton hydrogen ion, H3+, floating in interstellar clouds.

  • 20 Nov 1996

    Three days after their Mars '96 mission plunged into the Pacific Ocean, Russian space scientists say they have a good idea what probably went wrong. And they will make a bid to try for the Red Planet again in 2001.

  • 19 Nov 1996

    Legendary TV journalist Walter Cronkite's most memorable impact on society may actually happen eons in the future.

  • 19 Nov 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The latest pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope, unveiled here today at NASA headquarters, reveal that the enigmatic cosmic lighthouses known as quasars reside in many more kinds of galaxies than scientists had previously thought.

  • 18 Nov 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C., and MOSCOW--When the Mars '96 spacecraft slammed into the Pacific Ocean yesterday, it was not only the charred remnants of 6 tons of instruments, radioactive fuel, and other hardware that vanished into the depths.

  • 15 Nov 1996

    The Russian-led Mars '96 spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow, carrying with it 24 scientific instruments and the future of the Russian exploration of Mars.

  • 12 Nov 1996

    Sky surveys sometimes reveal unexpected gems, such as unknown planets or variations in the cosmic microwave background.

  • 5 Nov 1996

    Like haze in the Smokey Mountains, dust clouds in the interstellar void can blot out a picturesque view. Unlike haze, the composition of these dust clouds is a mystery.

  • 5 Nov 1996

    WASHINGTON--After a devastating loss 3 years ago, NASA is about to make another try for Mars. The Global Surveyor satellite, set for launch on 6 November, is designed to probe the geology and climate of Earth's closest known planetary cousin.

  • 4 Nov 1996

    Astrophysics Satellites Crippled After LaunchOne astrophysics spacecraft is dead and another crippled following a trouble-plagued launch off the Virginia coast on 4 November.

  • 31 Oct 1996

    WASHINGTON--Animal rights protesters rattled NASA headquarters today when they occupied the suite that includes the office of Administrator Daniel Goldin.

  • 31 Oct 1996

    Three months after a U.S. team announced that they had found hints of ancient life on Mars, a group of British scientists has seconded the claim. The original hints consisted of carbon compounds, minerals, and tiny fossil-like structures in a meteorite that came from the Red Planet.

  • 30 Oct 1996

    Every few years, it seems, scientists identify a new comet. But why comets suddenly swim into view has long remained a mystery.

  • 29 Oct 1996

    Somewhere in the cosmos, something is blocking certain wavelengths of starlight from reaching Earth. In a report in the December Astrophysical Journal, scientists say they may have identified the culprit: the simplest and most abundant molecule in the universe, molecular hydrogen.

  • 24 Oct 1996

    Whatever fell from the sky and exploded in the Tunguska region of central Siberia on 30 June 1908 left thousands of trees charred and blown down over a 2000-square-kilometer area. But it deposited no sizable debris--be it chunks of a meteorite or cometary dust.

  • 23 Oct 1996

    Mineral formations cited as remnants of a living organism on a martian meteorite may have been forged at temperatures too hot for known life-forms, according to an analysis presented today at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

  • 22 Oct 1996

    The controversial U.S.-Russian space biology project known as Bion faces delays because of problems with finding a launch vehicle in Russia. ``The fate of Bion is hanging in midair,'' says one Russian company official.