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Broken Tools, Other Mishaps Wrench Mir Spacewalk

In an embarrassing failure that capped a tense day, two Mir cosmonauts canceled a spacewalk Tuesday because they ran out of wrenches and into several minor problems aboard the aging …


Mutant Nucleus Of Atoms Take On Football Shapes

Pop quiz: What shape is the nucleus of an atom? If you said spherical, you’re right - for almost every isotope of almost every element. But in some weird cases, …


Supernova’s Blast Sets Off Stellar Display Ring Of Fire Draws Telescopes To Distant Galaxy

A photo taken in 1994, left, shows the glowing gas ring around the supernova. The gas, excited by light from the explosion, had been fading for a decade. But the …


Trace Of Deadly 1918 Flu Epidemic Holds Research Promise Corpse, One Of 21 Million Dead, Yields Sample

A specimen of the influenza virus that killed 21 million people in the 1918 worldwide epidemic has been recovered from the frozen remains of a flu victim buried in Alaska. …


Meeting Erupts In Excitement Offshore Volcano Shakes With Strongest Quake Recorded At Peak

The clusters of white dots on this topographic map of the sea floor mark the epicenters of a swarm of earthquakes from Sunday through Tuesday after the volcano Axial erupted …


Endeavor Heads For Space Rendezvous Shuttle Expected To Link With Mir On Saturday

The Astronauts: from front left, Joe Edwards, Terry Wilcutt, Bonnie Dunbar, Michael Anderson, Salizhan Sharipov, Andy Thomas, James Reilly. Photo by Associated Press


Scientists Extend Life Of Human Cell

Striking new evidence that life span may be stretchable is coming from experiments in which human cells were engineered to stay young and vigorous far longer than usual, scientists reported …


Nasa Manager ‘Thrilled’ As Spacecraft Heads To Moon

NASA’s Lunar Prospector probe hurtled on course Wednesday toward a weekend rendezvous with the moon. The spacecraft’s communications with Earth were steady and clear, its five science instruments successfully activated. …


Cloning Advocate Breeds Contempt Medical Skeptics, Moral Critics Attack Plan To Replicate Humans

A scientist’s claim that he will start cloning humans within two years set off a nationwide clamor Wednesday from doctors who say it can’t be done, ethicists who say it …


Huge Black Hole At Hub Of Milky Way Eating Up Old Stars Astronomers Say This Is ‘Best Evidence Yet’

Astronomers reported new evidence Wednesday that an immense black hole, weighing as much as 2,600,000 suns, squats at the hub of the Milky Way, gobbling up elderly stars while the …


Soon, Pioneer Won’t Call Home Space Voyager, Spanning Half-Million Miles A Day, Heading Out Of Range

A quarter-century after its launch, Pioneer 10 is still helping astronomers explore the universe. But the little spacecraft is slowly fading from radio contact and will be beyond the reach …


Mars Mission Ends With Whimper Brave Little Sojourner Can’t Wake Mother Ship

Journalists view a 3-D image of Mars generated by the Pathfinder mission at a NASA news conference in Pasadena. Photo by Associated Press


Mars Mission Plans Are On Life-Support Nasa Tests Chamber With Eye Toward Future

Already, NASA is studying what it takes for humans to survive on Mars. File/Associated Press


Frozen Eggs Produce Twin Boys Fertility Breakthrough Opens Childbirth Options For Women

In what may be the first such case in the United States, a Georgia woman gave birth after being implanted with eggs that had been frozen. Up to now, U.S. …


El Nino’s Quiet Cousin UW Researchers Say Climatic Pattern Weaker But Has Decades-Long Effects

Researchers at the University of Washington say they’ve found evidence of a Pacific weather pattern that has many of the characteristics of El Nino but is spread over decades. The …


Mir To Be A-Ok, Says Russian Official

A top Russian space official predicted Tuesday that the crew of the Mir space station will completely repair damage from a June cargo ship collision before the end of the …


1,500 Scientists Urge Cuts In Emissions To Curb Warming

More than 1,500 scientists, including 98 Nobel laureates, urged President Clinton Tuesday to fight for cuts in carbon dioxide emissions during the global climate conference this December in Kyoto, Japan. …


International Team Discovers Solar Jet Stream

In the roiling 10,000-degree sun, currents move like the jet streams of Earth, perhaps helping to trigger spectacular solar eruptions, researchers report. U.S. and European scientists reported Thursday that they …


Computer Crashes Aboard Mir Latest Problem Will Delay Crucial Spacewalk This Week

Just when it seemed impossible for conditions to get any worse on Mir, the Russian space station’s main computer failed Monday, leaving the crippled outpost tumbling for three hours with …


Martian Rover Explores New Rocks

The Sojourner began rolling across the Martian surface Sunday as the rover traveled 16 feet around its lander to an area that included rocks named Desert, Princess and Baker’s Bench. …


Mir Repairs Will Await Fresh Crew

Russian officials decided Monday to let the damaged Mir space station limp along for another month with a gash in its side and only half its usual solar power, rather …


Pathfinder Glitch Found

NASA engineers have solved the software problem that caused several resets of the overloaded Mars Pathfinder computer and slowed transmission of pictures and other data to Earth. The engineers will …


Crewman’s Error Sends Jinxed Mir Into Tailspin Russia Forced To Accept U.S. Help With Risky Space Station Repairs

Frank Culbertson, NASA’s manager of the Mir program, fields questions while sitting next to a model of the Russian space station. Photo by Associated Press


Shuttle Finishes April Mission Columbia Lands After Completing Experiments From Earlier Trip

Space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven returned to Earth in quiet triumph Thursday with a bounty of laboratory research on fire, metals and plants. NASA’s oldest shuttle glided …


Government Faking Mars Photos, Skeptics Believe But Others Believe The Skeptics Themselves Are Fake, Planted To Divide Legitimate Doubters

Did Pathfinder and Sojourner really land on Mars? Well, maybe. If you believe what NASA says. Ever since the “alleged” landing, talk has been fast and furious on Usenet, the …


Northwest Pathfinders Discovered A Similar Land Ancient Mars Flood Plain, Our Channeled Scablands Eerily Alike

Look familiar? 1. The ramp of the Mars Pathfinder is shown at the bottom of this panoramic view of the Mars terrain. Though painted red by iron oxides, the terrain …


An Unearthly Vision No More

Mars, already known to be the planet closest to the Earth in its surface conditions and history, is even more Earthlike than scientists had imagined. A chemical analysis of a …


Cloning Of Animals Widely Duplicated

Cows, sheep, pigs and monkeys in research laboratories around the United States and Europe are now pregnant with clones created by methods similar to those used to make Dolly the …


Nasa Shows Off New Hubble Findings Telescopes Discovers Direct Evidence Of Black Hole

The photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the center of a galaxy where a black hole is suspected to exist. Photo by Associated Press


Opening In Ozone Layer Leads To Dna Lesions In Icefish

Ultraviolet light pouring through the hole in the ozone layer that opens over Antarctica each year is causing DNA damage in a species of icefish, biologists have found. The discovery …