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Astronomers Find 7 Potentially Habitable Planets

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Astronomers have discovered a solar system full of potentially habitable planets. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.

'Ring Of Fire' Eclipse Set To Blaze In Southern Skies

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:38:00 -0500

The annular solar eclipse, which will leave just a sliver of sun shining behind the moon, will be visible from the southern hemisphere Sunday. Here's how to watch, even if you're outside its path.

Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.

Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

SpaceX Cargo Craft Is Now In Space Station's Grip, One Day After Aborted Docking

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:06:00 -0500

NASA had originally planned for the Dragon craft to reach the space station three days ago. It's carrying crew supplies and a range of scientific experiments.

After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:03:00 -0500

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets Around A Nearby Star

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:01:00 -0500

Some of the planets could be home to liquid water, but it remains unclear whether life could exist on such strange worlds.

Apollo 11 Space Capsule Is Going On Another Mission

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:32:00 -0500

The capsule called Columbia hasn't left the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., since 1976. It's heading out on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

SpaceX Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station, Will Try Again

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:48:00 -0500

The private spaceflight company launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, only to have the rocket's cargo capsule encounter an error in its navigation system on Wednesday during a docking attempt.

On Second Attempt, SpaceX Launches Rocket At NASA's Historic Pad

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:01:00 -0500

SpaceX scrubbed a launch attempt Saturday at NASA's Launch Complex 39A, site of the shuttle program and the mission that first sent humans to the moon. Their second try succeeded Sunday.

Why NASA Is Exploring An Alien World In Antarctica

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Covered in ice and filled with bubbling lava, the Antarctic volcano Mount Erebus is the perfect proxy for an alien world. That's why NASA's Aaron Curtis travels there to test space exploration robots.

NASA Announces Winners In 'Space Poop Challenge'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:00 -0500

Even astronauts have to go number two. NASA recently asked the public for suggestions on how to better deal with poop in spacesuits.

Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Astronomers think there's an undiscovered planet lurking in the far reaches of the solar system, and they're asking the public's help to find it.

A Liftoff Deferred: SpaceX Mission From NASA's Historic Launch Pad Delayed

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:43:00 -0500

Launch Complex 39A, the site of the Apollo 11 mission, has quite a storied past. Now, it's on the brink of a new era — but it'll have to wait a bit, after Saturday's launch was scrubbed for 24 hours.

'Are We Alone?' Churchill Concludes It's Likely Life Circles Other Suns

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:52:00 -0500

In an essay written in 1939, Winston Churchill pondered the possibility that there might be life elsewhere in the universe. The document was recently rediscovered in a museum in Fulton, Mo.