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Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:58:00 -0400

In 1969 it was the orbiting home and refuge for the first astronauts who walked on the moon. Today, after decades on display in a Smithsonian museum, the module is being restored for a national tour.

Congressman Proposes A Military 'Space Corps'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:06:00 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps.

Inside Mars Simulator, IKEA Designers Learn How To Live In Close Quarters

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:29:00 -0400

IKEA exiled designers to a research station in Utah modeled after a living situation on the planet Mars. They hope the experience will inspire them to create similar spaces around the world.

Meet Your Lucky Stars: NASA Announces A New Class Of Astronaut Candidates

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:25:00 -0400

This year was one of the most competitive applicant pools in the agency's history. One of the candidates explains what it takes to earn a coveted spot — and why so many want to be an astronaut today.

Scientists Discover A Scorched Planet With A Comet-Like Tail

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:01:00 -0400

The planet called KELT-9b is around three times more massive than Jupiter. It orbits a blue star about 650 light-years away from Earth that's nearly twice as hot as our own sun.

Citizen Scientists Comb Images To Find An 'Overexcited Planet'

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:25:00 -0400

In a crowdsourced search for celestial objects, four volunteers helped scientists identify a brown dwarf by studying images taken over the years by a NASA satellite.

NASA Plans To Launch A Probe Next Year To 'Touch The Sun'

Wed, 31 May 2017 15:52:00 -0400

The small spacecraft is set to hurtle toward the sun at about 450,000 miles per hour. Scientists hope it will clear up some big mysteries, such as why the sun's atmosphere is hotter than its surface.

NASA Spacecraft Finds Storms On Jupiter

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:09:35 -0400

Raging cyclones and an uneven magnetic field: NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to NASA scientist Jack Connerney about the surprising findings made by a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter.

Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:12:00 -0400

In Part 1 of the series Total Failure, a former NASA official recalls the disastrous mission of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and how the accident changed his life forever.

Australian Fossils Hint At Where To Search For Life On Mars

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:00:00 -0400

Scientists say the rocks lend weight to a theory that life on Earth originated, as Darwin wrote, "in some warm little pond" on land, suggesting we should look for it in similar environments on Mars.

Secret U.S. Space Plane Lands With A Boom In Florida

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:10:00 -0400

For a secret aircraft, the X-37B wasn't very stealthy about its return to Earth. The space plane was launched in 2015.

NASA Has A Spacesuit Shortage

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:16:14 -0400

NASA has only 11 spacesuits in use, and they were designed decades ago. Spacesuit designer Pablo de Leon tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how the shortage affects operations in space.

Saturn: Cassini's Final Chapter

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:56:31 -0400

After years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will soon begin its final act — a plunge into Saturn. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Dr. Carolyn Porco, head of the imaging team, about the mission's legacy.

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:28:00 -0400

The spacecraft is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," NASA's planetary science director says.