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NASA tech helps unravel secrets of Dead Sea Scrolls

NASA helped bring space telescope tech to the archaeology lab and uncover hidden text in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Astronaut in space (NASA)

Record-breaking spacewalker Peggy Whitson retires at 58

The world's most experienced spacewoman has retired after spending more time in orbit than any other American astronaut.
Soccer ball hitting net during soccer match (© Matt Dunham/AP Images)

U.S., Mexico and Canada win historic bid to host 2026 World...

The World Cup is going to get bigger — the United States, Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the first 48-team tournament in 2026.
Headshot of woman in red jacket, wearing glasses (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.
People in crowd holding hands in air (© Fernando Vergara/AP Images)

U.S. helps Venezuelans in Colombia

A new $2.5 million initiative will help provide food and medical care to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who have fled poverty, hunger and tyranny.
Green and purple lights in night sky (Courtesy of Krista Trinder/NASA)

NASA, citizen scientists solve night-sky mystery called Steve

A strange purple streak in the night sky baffled scientists and sky-watchers. They called it "Steve." With the help of NASA, we're learning more about this cousin of the aurora.
Ship with large painted red crosses on ocean (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams)

U.S. hospital ship prepares to save lives in Indo-Pacific

Mobile hospital ship USNS Mercy is heading to the Indo-Pacific to save lives. The state-of-the-art ship anchors an international team setting sail for the 2018 Pacific Partnership, a disaster-response exercise.
Person standing on deck of aircraft carrier (© Linh Pham/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. aircraft carrier makes historic visit to Vietnam

The USS Carl Vinson made a friendship visit to Vietnam — the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has anchored in the country since the Vietnam War ended four decades ago.
Drawing of a caravan stop on the Silk Road (© Eugene Flandin/Alamy)

Following the Afghan Silk Road with satellites

Archaeologist Emily Boak used aerial and satellite imagery to discover hundreds of unrecorded Afghan caravan stops along the Silk Road.