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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:55:00 -0400Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency says.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:24:00 -0400As scientists try to figure out what happened to the Schiaparelli lander, which may have crash-landed, a craft known as the Trace Gas Orbiter is orbiting the red planet in search of signs of life.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400A joint European-Russian mission is attempting to land a probe on the red planet. If successful, it would be the first time a non-U.S. spacecraft has successfully operated from the surface of Mars.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:06:00 -0400The Schiaparelli probe was supposed to make a six-minute descent through the red planet's atmosphere and make a controlled landing on the surface. Scientists are waiting for word.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:14:00 -0400During the rare event, the waning gibbous moon will pass over the huge, bright orange star of Aldebaran. It'll be visible across large portions of the South and the Northeastern United States.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:23:00 -0400The Schiaparelli lander detached from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on Sunday. It's expected to make a controlled landing on the Red Planet on Wednesday.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:13:00 -0400And in further good news: You'll be able to see a supermoon every month for the next three months.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:55:00 -0400A new study finds there are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, up from about 200 billion. It's the first major revision to that number since the 1990s.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:32:00 -0400A distant planet has rings so large it makes Saturn look like a child's toy. But, until now, scientists have been baffled about how the enormous rings keep from self-destructing. The answer: spin.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400President Obama has once again declared that humans should go to Mars by the 2030s. NPR looks back on his eight years in office to see whether he's put NASA on track to get there.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:13:00 -0400In an op-ed for CNN, the president wrote that he hopes to one day look at the night sky with his grandchildren and tell them that humans are living on Mars.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:55:00 -0400The object known for now as 2014 UZ224 is only about 330 miles across and takes 1,100 years to orbit the sun. But one of the most interesting things about it is the way researchers found it.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:52:00 -0400The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.