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Astronaut Trio Heads For Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:45:06 -0500

The astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan blasted off early Sunday and are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:29:07 -0500

A Pentagon program spent $22 million researching "unidentified aerial phenomena," according to multiple reports. It was backed by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

The Pentagon's Search For UFOs

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:05:25 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Politico's Bryan Bender, one of the reporters who publicly revealed the existence of the Pentagon program for the first time.

The Mystery Of The 'Oumuamua' Asteroid

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon asks the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak about what scientists have learned so far about a recently detected interstellar object.

What If Life On Earth Didn't Start On Earth?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:58:00 -0500

Oumuamua marks the first time humans have seen a visitor pass through our corner of the universe — renewing discussions of the origins of life, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

Latest 'Star Wars' Movie Is Out Of This World

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:52:00 -0500

NASA plans to screen Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the International Space Station astronauts. The movie marks the return of actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and the late Carrie Fisher.

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:08:20 -0500

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:19:00 -0500

"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.

A Record-Breaking Astronaut

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:46 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with astronaut Peggy Whitson, who returned from a mission to the International Space Station this fall. Whitson has spent more time in space than any other American.

WATCH: N.J. Dashcam Captures Brilliant Nighttime Streak

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:11:53 -0500

A police officer on patrol in the pre-dawn hours saw a meteor and managed to record it, which has lit up social media.

Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:10:00 -0500

Ideas of parallel universes and alternative histories, once confined to mere rumination about lost opportunities and fictional scenarios, are now a part of science, says guest writer Paul Halpern.

Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:01:00 -0500

Scientists have detected a black hole thought to be about 800 million times as massive as our sun that is helping to reveal when the universe filled with starlight.

Making Pizza In Space

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:17:00 -0500

Astronauts at the International Space Station sent down video of pizza night. Without gravity, they made pizza tossing look like a slow game of Frisbee.

Planet Money Goes To Space

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:55:00 -0500

No really, we are going into low Earth orbit.