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Former U.S. Senator And Space Pioneer John Glenn Dies At 95

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:22 -0500

John Glenn, former astronaut and U.S. senator, has died. He was 95 years old.

If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:03:00 -0500

Searching for alien life is harder than you might think, because whatever is out there might be really odd. So leading astrobiologists are meeting to advise NASA on how to go about looking for it.

The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:05:00 -0500

Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November.

Russian Supply Rocket Breaks Apart En Route To Space Station

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:04:00 -0500

The unmanned rocket stopped transmitting data about six minutes after it took off from Kazakhstan and never made it to space. This is the third botched launch of a Russian spacecraft in two years.

Buzz Aldrin Is Medically Evacuated From Antarctica

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:44:00 -0500

The second man to walk on the moon fell ill during a trip to the South Pole and was flown to New Zealand. Aldrin is 86 years old.

Got A Great Idea For Dealing With Poop In A Spacesuit? Let NASA Know

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:22:00 -0500

The space station has a bathroom. But a spacesuit, not so much. So far, astronauts have relied on diapers, but NASA calls that a "very temporary" fix. It is offering $30,000 for a better idea.

Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:51:00 -0500

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.

Here's How The International Space Station Is Celebrating Thanksgiving

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:34:00 -0500

Astronauts at the International Space Station are planning to spend Thanksgiving in quite a traditional fashion: There will be a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, good company, and football.

Scientists Say Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Made Earth's Surface Act Like Liquid

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:31:00 -0500

The asteroid smashed into Earth. And from miles under the Earth's surface, rock hurtled upward to a height twice that of Mount Everest and then collapsed outward to form a ring of mountains.

At 56, Peggy Whitson Becomes Oldest Female Astronaut

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:49:00 -0500

On the mission, she's projected to once again become the U.S. astronaut with the most time spent in orbit.

New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:38:00 -0500

The GOES-R satellite launched on Nov. 19. It'll enter orbit and sit 22,000 miles above the Americas, monitoring weather on the planet — and in space.

Peggy Whitson Is About To Become The Oldest Woman Ever In Space

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:17:00 -0500

Whitson heads to the International Space Station on Thursday's launch. Early next year she turns 57 while still in orbit. John Glenn is the oldest man in space. He was 77 at the time.

In Southwest China, A 'Very Large Eyeball' Peers Into Deep Space

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:36:00 -0500

The new telescope will help discover new galaxies and will observe the hydrogen clouds from which stars and planets are born. But not everyone's happy. 9,000 locals were displaced to make room for it.

Skygazers Await The First Supermoon Since 1948

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:35:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sarah Noble, lunar scientist at NASA, about the supermoon, which is when the moon is at the closest point to Earth along its orbit.

Closest Supermoon Since 1948 Arrives Monday: Tips On Seeing And Photographing It

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:32:00 -0500

It's the nearest supermoon in almost 70 years — and we won't see another like it until 2034. You have three chances to see the moon at its biggest, on Sunday and Monday.