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NPR coverage of space exploration, space shuttle missions, news from NASA, private space exploration, satellite technology, and new discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics.

Last Build Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:06:00 -0500

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A Scientific Search For A Ghost (Particle)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:06:00 -0500

Scientists put a lot of effort into uncovering the history of these tiny bits of matter, in the hopes that it will tell us something about the universe, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

PHOTOS: These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:59:43 -0500

The distance marks a record: the farthest from Earth an image has been taken. Before NASA's New Horizons probe caught these glimpses in December, the 1990 "Pale Blue Dot" image had held the record.

Finding Planets Outside The Milky Way

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:02:07 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with University of Oklahoma postdoctoral researcher Eddie Guerras about how his team detected planets outside of our galaxy.

Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:26:47 -0500

Scientists believe at the center of every galaxy is a supermassive black hole. Jedidah Isler describes how gamma ray telescopes have expanded our knowledge of this mysterious aspect of space.

Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:26:47 -0500

Natasha Hurley-Walker explains how a new radio telescope helps us "see" without light. She says these telescopes can tell us about millions of galaxies — and maybe even the beginning of time.

Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:26:47 -0500

In our galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of planets. And Sara Seager is looking for the perfect one, a "Goldilocks" planet— neither too hot nor too cold— that could support life.

Allan Adams: Can Gravitational Waves Tell Us How The Universe Began?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:26:47 -0500

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves— ripples in space caused by massive disturbances. Allan Adams says this discovery helps answer some of our biggest questions about the universe.

How The Launch Of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Fits Into The Company's Otherworldly Plans

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:28:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with writer Tim Urban about what this rocket will do near term, and how it takes Elon Musk one step closer to his grand vision of a million-person colony on Mars.

How To Pack A Space Telescope

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:02:00 -0500

Operating a telescope in space is a challenge, but so is moving one on Earth. An inside look at how NASA's James Webb Space Telescope moved from Houston to Los Angeles.

Our Ancestors, Elon Musk And The First Car In Space

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:23:00 -0500

Musk's successful rocket launch is a step on the ambitious road to Mars; as with our adventurous ancestors, where we might go seems to be limited only by our imagination, says Marcelo Gleiser.

WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launches Most Powerful Rocket In Decades

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:16:00 -0500

The private space company has launched the Falcon Heavy, a rocket more powerful than any other in use today. It's now bearing a roadster into an elliptical Earth-Mars orbit. Watch the rocket's flight.

Space Enthusiasts Gather In Florida As Powerful Rocket Is Set To Launch

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 04:59:00 -0500

Private company SpaceX on Tuesday is set to launch the world's most powerful rocket — the Falcon Heavy. This is a test launch that will carry a cherry red Tesla roadster into orbit around Mars.

SpaceX Set To Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

The company is getting ready for the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy. It will be the most powerful rocket in use — if it doesn't blow up.

The First Men To Have The Whole World In Their Sights

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:09:00 -0500

Christopher Potter's new history of space flight, The Earth Gazers, charts the road to the first photographs of Earth — and how it changes an astronaut to glimpse the entire planet at once.

Making Space Food With Space Poop

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:33:52 -0500

One of the difficult aspects of getting humans to Mars is the need to bring food. Researchers are experimenting with a way to make edible "microbial goo" with help from human waste.