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Astrospies
Read short biographies of eight of the 17 Manned Orbiting Laboratory astronauts, learn about the today's "space race," and take a look at surveillance images that display influential political locations worldwide.

Death Star
Learn about the mysteries of gamma-ray bursts, find definitions for and images of 20 extraterrestrial wonders, and take a tour of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves through gamma rays.

Doomsday Asteroid, The
Read about the history of Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake, explore a primer on comets, and learn how to do an activity that simulates the nucleus of a comet.

Einstein Revealed
Find out what makes Einstein stand out from other great scientists, learn about the General Theory of Relativity, explore a timeline of Einstein's life, play a time traveler game, and investigate the speed of light.

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
Explore a timeline of Galileo's life, read about why Galileo is considered the father of modern science, learn about reflector and refractor telescopes, find out Galileo's big mistake, and sample a set of virtual experiments.

Hunt for Alien Worlds
Learn the history of planetary exploration, discover how to locate stars associated with four planetary systems, read the history of the constellations, and determine what constitutes a habitable atmosphere.

Kidnapped by UFOs?
Read interviews with believers and skeptics of alien abductions, learn about reported cases of abductions, and consider two theories behind a sketch of some mysterious lines found on the Nazca Desert of Peru.

MARS Dead or Alive
Watch the program online, learn why water is necessary for life, investigate the rover's parts, explore Mars' landscape, and design your own parachute.

Monster of the Milky Way
Watch the program online, learn about how black holes form, discover what little black holes are, look at some of the other marvels of the universe, and more.

NOVA scienceNOW: 10th Planet
Watch the segment, consider whether the word planet has any useful meaning, hear from the astronomer who made the discovery, and read answers to questions about the 10th planet.

NOVA scienceNOW: Asteroid
Watch the segment, try out a catastrophe calculator, learn all about meteorites, and read answers to questions about asteroids.

NOVA scienceNOW: Dark Matter
Learn about how Ernest Rutherford reacted when he discovered that atoms are mostly empty space, find out how atoms are often inaccurately portrayed, watch a model collision of two galaxies, and read an experts answers to questions about dark matter.

NOVA scienceNOW: Phoenix Mars Lander
See images of Mars, including frozen water, a canyon and volcano, ice caps, mesas, and more; and look at an expert's answers to questions about the Phoenix Mars mission.

NOVA scienceNOW: Saving Hubble
Learn about the challenges of working in space, hear about the risks involved in repairing the Hubble, find out what happened after NASA cut funding to repair the Hubble, and read experts answers to questions about the mission.

NOVA scienceNOW: Space Elevator
Watch the segment, learn more about the space elevator, and read answers to questions about this proposed engineering marvel.

NOVA scienceNOW: Space Storms
See a gallery of auroras and hear the sounds that they make, hear an Inuit woman describe the auroras sound and meaning, and read an expert's answers to questions about the magnetosphere and auroras.

NOVA scienceNOW: The Search for ET
Cast your vote about whether alien civilizations exist, manipulate the variables in an online interactive of the Drake Equation, and read an expert's answers to questions about intelligent alien life.

Origins: Back to the Beginning
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Earth is Born
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: How Life Began
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
Find out how life could have started, read about the latest discoveries in origins research, use raw data to assemble the Eagle Nebula image, insert your own values into the Drake Equation, decode cosmic spectra, and more.

Runaway Universe
Explore the nature and timeline of the universe, spin a spiral galaxy on two axes, see how a supernova is born, and learn how the doppler effect works.

Space Shuttle Disaster
Read how a high-risk effort to save Columbia's crew in space might have unfolded, find out how Scott Hubbard fought to convince NASA of the true cause of the Columbia accident, hear a podcast about the Columbia disaster, and more.

Sputnik Declassified
Explore a historical time line of the first two decades of space travel, read a biographical excerpt from a V-2 rocket pioneer, and find out more about the many ways satellites are used to survey Earth.

Stationed in the Stars
Explore key components of the space station, hear from astronauts about what it's like to move around in space, find out how science fiction has informed science fact, and learn why astronauts feel weightless in space.

Terror in Space
Explore each of Mir's seven modules, review some of the worst space-related accidents, read about the International Space Station, and follow an astronaut as he spends a day in space.

Time Travel
Read Carl Sagan's views on the nature of time, see why one author thinks time travel is possible, learn the definitions behind the concepts related to time travel, and try to think like Einstein.

To the Moon
View panoramas of the moon's surface, learn where the moon might have come from, hear astronauts talk about their adventures in space, read what it's like to walk on the moon, and try to solve four lunar puzzlers.

Voyage to the Mystery Moon
Read about water-bearing Enceladus, find out how a planet gets an atmosphere, hear the sounds of Titan, and learn more about Saturn's rings.

Welcome to Mars
Learn why water is necessary for life, investigate the rovers' parts, take a visual tour of the rovers' most revealing discoveries, design your own parachute, and more.

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