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Massive U.S. Machines That Hunt For Ripples In Space-Time Just Got An Upgrade

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory is made up of two detectors, this one in Livingston, La., and one near Hanford, Wash. The detectors use giant arms in the shape of an "L" to measure tiny ripples in the fabric of the universe.

The twin sites in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory are about to go back online. New hardware should make them able to sense more colliding black holes and other cosmic events.

(Image credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab)

  • March 19th 2019 at 10:03

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Plans To Resign

By Merrit Kennedy
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, shown here at a 2017 hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, has said she plans to resign.

Pentagon sources say that Trump's hopes for a space force produced tensions between Wilson and the White House, who saw her as delaying the process. She plans to go into academia.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

  • March 8th 2019 at 22:04

Watch: SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashes Down In Atlantic Ocean

By Bill Chappell
The Crew Dragon landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning, with a splashdown at 8:45 a.m. ET, as scheduled. The uncrewed craft had been on a test flight in which it docked with the International Space Station.

The craft's splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean hit its expected landing time of 8:45 a.m. ET Friday after re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

(Image credit: NASA TV Screenshot by NPR)

  • March 8th 2019 at 14:14

SpaceX Capsule Successfully Arrives At International Space Station

The Crew Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Sunday. NASA says it is the first American commercial space vehicle designed to carry humans to dock at the station.

  • March 4th 2019 at 11:04

Space Station Celebrates 'A New Era' In Exploration With Arrival Of SpaceX Capsule

By Francesca Paris
In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Crew Dragon is pictured just beside the International Space Station. SpaceX

Astronauts in the station opened Crew Dragon's hatch and entered the spacecraft on Sunday, in a significant moment for both Elon Musk's company and the future of commercial space exploration.

(Image credit: NASA via AP)

  • March 3rd 2019 at 18:20

'Hard Capture Is Complete': SpaceX Capsule Docks With International Space Station

By James Doubek
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from pad 39A on Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station Sunday. SpaceX is demonstrating the potential for a company to carry astronauts into orbit.

(Image credit: Terry Renna/AP)

  • March 2nd 2019 at 09:22

FarFarOut, Man

Scientists called the most distant object in the solar system FarOut. They recently discovered an object even farther away, naming it FarFarOut.

  • March 1st 2019 at 11:35

SpaceX Readies For Key Test Of Capsule Built To Carry Astronauts Into Space

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
In this illustration, SpaceX

For years, NASA has had to rely on Russian vehicles to get astronauts to the International Space Station. That could soon change if the flight test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule succeeds.

(Image credit: SpaceX/NASA)

  • February 28th 2019 at 19:36

Author Bob Berman On 'Hazards To Life In Our Universe'

It's scary out there: violent supernovas, biological mayhem and nuclear meltdowns. Lulu Garcia-Navarro with author Bob Berman about hazards to life in the universe and his book, Earth-Shattering.

  • February 24th 2019 at 14:02

Israel Launches Spacecraft To The Moon

By Merrit Kennedy
The Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL displayed the spacecraft in December in Yehud, east of Tel Aviv, and added a time capsule for it to carry to the moon.

If the mission is successful, it would make Israel the fourth country to land on the lunar surface – after the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China.

(Image credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 21st 2019 at 23:29

How Do You Preserve History On The Moon?

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The landing site at Tranquility Base has remained mostly untouched — though that could change as more nations and even commercial companies start to explore the moon.

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing nears, some say the site of the first footprints on the moon should be protected. But historic preservation off our planet is unprecedented.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • February 21st 2019 at 11:02

Trump Pushes Ahead With 'Space Force' Despite Hurdles

By Merrit Kennedy
The Air Force is in charge of some military space activities, such as an X-37B experimental robotic space plane, shown here as it was launched by a rocket.

It would be under the umbrella of the Air Force to try to simplify the process. This represents a shift; Trump had stated that he wanted a space force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

  • February 19th 2019 at 19:29

Israel Heads To The Moon

By Brendan Byrne

A spacecraft named Beresheet is set to be Israel's first spacecraft to land on the moon. It came about because Israeli scientists lost a contest — but continued with the work anyway.

  • February 18th 2019 at 11:10

'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts

Kindergartners from Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., help NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro field questions to McClain, who's an astronaut serving on the International Space Station.

(Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • February 17th 2019 at 14:12

Opinion: Good Night Oppy, A Farewell To NASA's Mars Rover

By Scott Simon
An artist

NASA's admission this week that the agency has lost contact with a Mars rover brings an end to a compelling story of usefulness and resilience.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • February 16th 2019 at 14:15

NASA Declares Mars Rover Opportunity Officially Dead

NASA's six-wheeled rover landed on the red planet in January 2004 for what billed as a 90-day mission. The robot was still going until a dust storm on Mars last summer killed it.

  • February 14th 2019 at 11:02

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Is Officially Declared Dead

By Joe Palca
NASA

NASA's six-wheeled rover landed on the red planet in January 2004 for what was billed as a 90-day mission. The plucky robot was still going until a dust storm on Mars last summer killed it.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • February 13th 2019 at 20:08

NASA Says Ultima Thule Actually Looks Like A Pancake And A Walnut

By Merrit Kennedy
Images of the object nicknamed Ultima Thule photographed from the New Horizons spacecraft on Jan. 1.

They had initially thought the object 4 billion miles from Earth looked like a snowman. The New Horizons spacecraft flew by it on New Year's Day, and new images give scientists a clearer picture.

(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Getty Images)

  • February 12th 2019 at 22:58

NASA Will Make A Last Attempt To Contact Mars Rover Opportunity

By Jacob Margolis

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., announced Tuesday that they will make one last attempt to reach the Mars rover Opportunity though they are not expecting a response.

  • February 12th 2019 at 22:46

Mars One Fizzles Into Bankruptcy After Promising A New Life In Space

By Bill Chappell

The company had recently whittled down its list of would-be Martians to 100 names, after more than 202,000 people applied to leave the Earth for a one-way journey.

  • February 12th 2019 at 21:28
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