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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.

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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.

Winston Churchill Ponders Extraterrestrial Life In Newly Discovered Essay

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses a recently unearthed essay written by Winston Churchill in 1939. Churchill wrote about the possibility of space travel and life on other planets.

Space Poop Problem-Solvers Take Home Cash Prizes From NASA

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:37:00 -0500

NASA was looking for help from the public in solving a very specific challenge: How to deal with poop in a spacesuit. The winners included doctors, a dentist, a product designer and an engineer.

PHOTOS: Green Comet, 'Snow Moon' And Eclipse Make For A Space Trifecta

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:57:00 -0500

Between a penumbral eclipse, a full moon and even Earth's closest comet encounter in over 30 years, there's been no lack of lovely sights at night this week. In case you missed them, here's a look.

Look Up! Astronomer Details Upcoming Trifecta Of Celestial Activity

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:23:50 -0500

First, go outside, then look up! There's a trifecta of celestial activity Friday night, says astronomer Jackie Faherty, plus another sky watching tip.

WATCH: Huge, Green Fireball Streaks Across Midwest Sky

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:44:00 -0500

If you were outside in the Midwest around 1:30 Monday morning, you may have received quite a shock. The vivid meteor lit up the sky and set off sonic booms. Dramatic video captured the moment.

Astronauts May Hold Football Passing Record

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:16:00 -0500

In new video shot on the International Space Station, NASA posed the question: How far can you throw a football in a zero-G environment? Astronaut Tim Kopra threw for 564,664 yards.

WATCH: Want To Throw A Football More than 500,000 Yards? Just Head To Space

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:09:00 -0500

In a video posted just before Super Bowl Sunday, NASA asks the question: How far can you throw a football on the International Space Station? The answer, it turns out, is really, really far.

Moon Express Reaches Finals In Google Lunar Xprize Competition

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The Silicon Valley company, Moon Express, is now a finalist in the $30 million Google Lunar Xprize competition. The company will attempt to place a spacecraft on the moon that could travel on its surface and transmit high definition images. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Naveen Jain, one of the founders of Moon Express, about the competition and the future of private space exploration and research.

Government Releases 16 Years Of Data About Solar Weather

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:58:00 -0500

It's the first time the U.S military has made public the data collected by GPS satellites about solar events. It may help people predict Earth disasters caused by space weather.