Volume: 02, Issue: 06 03/24/2004 
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Fab Five Make Rare Appearance in Night Sky

This illustration shows where the five naked-eye planets and the Moon will lie in the sky just after sunset on March 29.  

Like a busy family, planets rarely get together all at once. Right now, however, the five planets visible without the aid of a telescope--Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn--have reunited in the night sky, giving spectators a unique chance to see Earth's closest companions in one easy sitting. The gathering will be visible every night for an hour after sunset, beginning around March 22 and lasting about two weeks. While other opportunities to catch a five-planet rendezvous will take place in the next few years, both at dawn and dusk, this one is not to be missed.

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Opportunity Makes a Case for Standing Body of Water on Mars

Interpretations of cross-lamination patterns presented as clues to this Martian rock's origin under flowing water are marked on images taken by the panoramic camera and microscopic imager on NASA's Opportunity. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/USGS  

NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers continue to uncover evidence that water once flowed freely on Mars. Opportunity recently discovered that some rocks on Mars probably formed as deposits at the bottom of a body of gently flowing saltwater.

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Most Distant Object In Solar System Discovered

Welcome the latest member of our solar system: Sedna. Imaged on November 14th from 6:32 to 9:38 Universal Time, Sedna was identified by the slight shift in position noted in these three pictures taken at different times. Image courtesy: NASA/Caltech.

NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting Earth's Sun. The object is a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.

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NASA Explains Dust Bowl Drought

Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas. (Credit: NOAA Photo Library, Historic NWS collection)  

NASA scientists have an explanation for one of the worst climatic events in the history of the United States, the "Dust Bowl" drought, which devastated the Great Plains and all but dried up an already depressed American economy in the 1930s.

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Chat about Mars Rover

Dr. Martha Gilmore  

Dr. Martha Gilmore will host a live online chat about geology on Mars with the Rovers on Thursday, April 8, 2004 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM CST. Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=gilmore to submit your questions. (The archived chat will also be posted at this link after the chat event.)

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