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Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune in photos taken by the Voyager spacecraft. Photo: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

One of Humanity's Most Astonishing Achievements

With less computing power than a smartphone, the Voyager spacecraft have traveled more than twenty-two billion miles between them, carrying a Golden Record documenting earth. Launched forty years ago, the Voyager mission is the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.
Composite image of totality showing the corona during the 2015 eclipse in Svalbard with the magnetic field of the sun outlined in the coronal loops. Photo: Jay Pasachoff & Ron Dantowitz

Test Your Solar Eclipse Knowledge

Did you watch the solar eclipse yesterday? Test your knowledge of the 2017 eclipse and general solar eclipse knowledge here, as you bask in the afterglow of the amazing event.
This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the moon crossing in front of the sun. Photo: NASA/SDO

Watching the Eclipse Across America

It's been almost four decades since the last one, and another won't happen until 2024: the first total solar eclipse to pass over the lower 48 states since 1979 is a big deal – you don't want to miss it. Find live feeds and other resources from PBS stations across the country.
A solar eclipse.

The Solar Eclipse: Unlike Anything Else in the Sky

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse since 1979 that can be seen in the lower 48 states will cross America. In Chicago, we'll see 87% of the sun covered. The Adler Planetarium shares tips and fun facts about eclipse: "Pictures don't do it justice."
The Amazon River. Photo: SK Films

"The Thrill of Discovery": Henry Walter Bates's 'Amazon Adventure'

The executive producer of a new IMAX film about a naturalist integral to the theory of evolution talks about Bates's contribution and the importance of science education and film's use in it.
A damaged pipe in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Caitlin Saks/WGBH

NOVA: Poisoned Water in Flint

NOVA: Poisoned Water investigates what caused the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. "Our water infrastructure is more fragile and more vulnerable than we realize,” says filmmaker Llewellyn Smith. 
The Museum of Science and Industry's 40-foot tornado. Photo: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The 'Wild Weather' of 'Science Storms'

Wednesday, April 26 at 10:00 pm, dive into tornadoes, avalanches, and fire whirls with "Wild Weather." You can explore the same phenomena in a Museum of Science and Industry exhibit - "Not everyone has a four-story tornado."
Drawing of a nuclear reactor based on Chicago Pile-1 from the 1944 patent application by inventors Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard. (Image courtesy Argonne National Laboratory)

The Atomic Age's Beginnings on a Squash Court in Chicago

American Experience: Command and Control recounts a terrifying nuclear accident that almost led to a disaster. Learn about the origins of nuclear power at the University of Chicago, and the upsides and downsides of its future.

The Museum of Science and Industry's Great Train Story exhibit. (Courtesy of J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)

MSI's Train Guy

"The Great Train Story" at the Museum of Science and Industry is a beloved stalwart of the museum. Meet the man who maintains it in advance of a NOVA episode on "Why Trains Crash," airing February 22 at 9:00 pm.
The Regent Seven Seas Explorer. (Courtesy of Martin Gorst)

The Extravagant Features of a Luxury Cruise Ship

Personal butlers, in-suite spas, prints by Chagall and Picasso, hand-blown Murano glass: this is a cruise at its most luxurious.
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