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Retired NASA Agent Aims To Account For All 50 Moon Rocks

NPR's Scott Simon talks to former NASA investigator Joe Gutheinz about his quest to track down missing moon rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo 11 mission.

  • September 22nd 2018 at 13:54

Spock's Fictional Home Planet Discovered

Gene Roddenberry once declared that if Spock's fictional home planet Vulcan did exist, it would probably orbit the star called 40 Eridani A. Astronomers have now found this star does have a planet.

  • September 19th 2018 at 11:18

Cheers At SpaceX: Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot

Yusaku Maezawa is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972.

  • September 18th 2018 at 13:32

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket'

By Giles Snyder
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, shakes hands with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, right, on Monday, after announcing that he will be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.

Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person since 1972 to travel around the moon and the first-ever private citizen to do it. He was introduced at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles Monday night.

(Image credit: Chris Carlson/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 08:59

'Accessory To War' An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some

By Marcelo Gleiser
Neil deGrasse Tyson attends Film Independent at LACMA presents StarTalk — A Conversation with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, on June 5 in Los Angeles.

An "unspoken alliance" between scientists and the military had been brewing for millennia prior to Hiroshima. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang excel at detailing this union and its possible future.

(Image credit: Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

  • September 17th 2018 at 16:47

Astrophysicist Awarded $3 Million Prize

Jocelyn Bell Burnell may not have won a Nobel Prize, but she has received another major science prize. She tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro she plans to help others in the field.

  • September 9th 2018 at 14:29

Emily Levine: How Do We Make Peace With Death When It's Imminent?

By NPR/TED Staff
Emily Levine on the TED Stage.

Writer Emily Levine has stage IV lung cancer. But instead of fearing the inevitable, she decided to embrace her new reality, and face death with humor and gratitude for a life well-lived.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED)

  • September 7th 2018 at 15:54

In 1974, They Gave The Nobel To Her Supervisor. Now She's Won A $3 Million Prize

By Laurel Wamsley
Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, pictured in 2011, has been awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell saw a blip in the data from a radio telescope she helped build. The discovery of pulsars was "one of the biggest surprises in the history of astronomy."

(Image credit: Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

  • September 6th 2018 at 21:57

Who Caused The Mysterious Leak At The International Space Station?

By Merrit Kennedy
A 2-millimeter hole was found last week in a Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft (left) that is docked to the International Space Station.

"We don't reject any theories," said Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency. That includes sabotage, though he suspects it was more likely a "technological error."

(Image credit: NASA/AP)

  • September 5th 2018 at 20:39

Scientists Are Puzzled By Mysterious Lights In The Sky. They Call Them STEVE

By Merrit Kennedy
Alberta Aurora Chasers captured STEVE in April in British Columbia, Canada. STEVE is the narrow ribbon of white-purple hues overhead, and the vibrant green light on the right is an aurora located further north.

Scientists don't know what's causing the aurora-like phenomenon, which has been known to amateur photographers for decades but only recently came to the attention of researchers.

(Image credit: Ryan Sault )

  • August 24th 2018 at 04:21

Scientists In Canada Want Answers To STEVE

Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement is the purple ribbon of light that streak across the night sky in parts of Canada. Scientists want to know where the energy the causes it comes from.

  • August 22nd 2018 at 12:47

NASA Launches Spacecraft Toward The Sun

This morning, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe. The probe will attempt to get closer to the sun than any other human-made object.

  • August 12th 2018 at 14:09

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend โ€” Just Look Up

By Camila Domonoske
A Perseid meteor crosses along the Milky Way in August 2017, illuminating the dark sky near Comillas, in northern Spain.

The shower will peak late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but you can also catch a good number of meteors in the middle of the night on Saturday. Find a dark spot and let your eyes adjust.

(Image credit: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images)

  • August 11th 2018 at 01:13

NASA Braves The Heat To Get Up Close And Personal With Our Sun

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Artist

A new NASA probe will get closer to our sun than ever before, to try to solve mysteries like why its atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • August 9th 2018 at 22:25

VP Pence Unveils Plans For New Military Branch In Outer Space

By Geoff Brumfiel

Vice President Pence unveiled the Pentagon's plans for a branch of the military that could fight in space on Thursday.

  • August 9th 2018 at 22:25

White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

By Camila Domonoske
Vice President Pence announces the Trump Administration

Vice President Pence said in a speech Thursday that the Space Force, which would be the military's sixth branch, will "prepare for the next battlefield" and "a new generation of threats."

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • August 9th 2018 at 22:15

SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit

By Scott Neuman
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 launch pad as seen through a time exposure in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday.

The launch marks the first reuse of an improved Falcon 9 "Block 5," which includes several upgrades designed to allow SpaceX to quickly refurbish and re-launch the rocket.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

  • August 7th 2018 at 12:45

NASA Announces New Astronauts For Commercial Flights

By Nell Greenfieldboyce

NASA has selected the astronauts who will fly on the first commercial space flights.

  • August 5th 2018 at 14:29

NASA Announces Crew For First Commercial Space Flights

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
NASA has named nine astronauts to crew the first test flights and missions of Boeing

NASA has selected the astronauts who will blast off on new commercial space vehicles set for next year. Two of them flew on the final mission of NASA's space shuttle in 2011.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • August 3rd 2018 at 19:33

WATCH: Building A Probe That Will Survive A Trip To The Sun

By Becky Harlan
NASA

The sun is responsible for all life on Earth, but we still have a lot to learn about it. So this summer, NASA is sending the Parker Solar Probe closer to the sun than we have ever been before.

(Image credit: NPR/NPR)

  • July 31st 2018 at 11:01
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