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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:55:00 -0400

Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency says.

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:24:00 -0400

As scientists try to figure out what happened to the Schiaparelli lander, which may have crash-landed, a craft known as the Trace Gas Orbiter is orbiting the red planet in search of signs of life.

Scientists Await Word From Probe As It Descends Toward Mars

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

A joint European-Russian mission is attempting to land a probe on the red planet. If successful, it would be the first time a non-U.S. spacecraft has successfully operated from the surface of Mars.

Scientists Wait To See If Probe Successfully Landed On Mars

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:06:00 -0400

The Schiaparelli probe was supposed to make a six-minute descent through the red planet's atmosphere and make a controlled landing on the surface. Scientists are waiting for word.

Get Ready For Halloween By Watching The Moon's 'Occultation' Tuesday Night

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:14:00 -0400

During the rare event, the waning gibbous moon will pass over the huge, bright orange star of Aldebaran. It'll be visible across large portions of the South and the Northeastern United States.

European Space Agency Probe Approaches Surface Of Mars

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:23:00 -0400

The Schiaparelli lander detached from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on Sunday. It's expected to make a controlled landing on the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Look Up — The Moon Is Going To Be Amazing This Weekend

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:13:00 -0400

And in further good news: You'll be able to see a supermoon every month for the next three months.

The Universe Has Almost 10 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:55:00 -0400

A new study finds there are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, up from about 200 billion. It's the first major revision to that number since the 1990s.

Spin To Survive: How 'Saturn On Steroids' Keeps From Self-Destructing

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:32:00 -0400

A distant planet has rings so large it makes Saturn look like a child's toy. But, until now, scientists have been baffled about how the enormous rings keep from self-destructing. The answer: spin.

Obama Declares Humans Should Go To Mars By The 2030s

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

President Obama has once again declared that humans should go to Mars by the 2030s. NPR looks back on his eight years in office to see whether he's put NASA on track to get there.

President Obama Really Wants People To Live On Mars

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:13:00 -0400

In an op-ed for CNN, the president wrote that he hopes to one day look at the night sky with his grandchildren and tell them that humans are living on Mars.

A Friend For Pluto: Astronomers Find New Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:55:00 -0400

The object known for now as 2014 UZ224 is only about 330 miles across and takes 1,100 years to orbit the sun. But one of the most interesting things about it is the way researchers found it.

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:52:00 -0400

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.