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Yesterday โ€” January 19th 2020NPR Space

SpaceX Celebrates Test Of Crew Dragon Capsule That Will Carry NASA Astronauts

By Wynne Davis
SpaceX successfully tested the emergency escape system of its Crew Dragon capsule on Sunday. The capsule is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX's Elon Musk called the test of the Crew Dragon capsule a success. NASA hopes to use the capsule to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

  • January 19th 2020 at 21:16
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Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

By Jon Hamilton
The mouse on the right has been engineered to have four times the muscle mass of a normal lab mouse.

Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could help people with muscle and bone diseases.

(Image credit: Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One)

  • January 16th 2020 at 11:06

Commander Sworn In As First Member Of New Space Force

By David Welna
Vice President Pence (right) swears in Air Force Gen. John Raymond as Chief of Space Operations on Tuesday.

Promising to try to avert war from outer space through strength, Gen. John "Jay" Raymond was sworn in as the first commander of the newly created United States Space Force.

(Image credit: Steve Helber/AP)

  • January 15th 2020 at 00:12

NASA Intern Discovers New Planet

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Wolf Cukier, a high school senior from Scarsdale, N.Y., who discovered a new planet just days into an internship with NASA.

  • January 11th 2020 at 13:48

International Space Station Astronauts Send Cookies Back To Earth

A capsule landed in the Pacific with material from the space station including chocolate chip cookies. They were baked in a zero gravity oven, but astronauts weren't allowed to eat them.

  • January 8th 2020 at 11:56

Astronomers Carefully Watching Betelgeuse Star, Wondering If It's Nearing Explosion

By Geoff Brumfiel

The star Betelgeuse has been dimming rapidly in recent weeks, leading to speculation that it may soon explode. If it did, that event would be a sight to behold.

  • January 3rd 2020 at 22:11

India Announces Plans For Its First Human Space Mission

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Members of the press cover the launch of the solar-powered rover Chandrayaan-2 in September. The goal was a moon landing, but the craft crashed. Another attempt to send a rover to the moon is underway.

It hopes to become the fourth nation, after the United States, China and Russia, to send people into space. The mission is targeted for 2022.

(Image credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)

  • January 2nd 2020 at 00:45

NASA Will Try Out An Instrument Designed To Make Oxygen On Mars

By Joe Palca
Technicians loading MOXIE onto the Mars 2020 rover

The next Mars mission will have an instrument that can make oxygen from the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere. It will be crucial for keeping astronauts alive and for fueling rockets.

(Image credit: R. Lannom/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • January 1st 2020 at 11:09

What's Ahead For The U.S. Space Program

By Joe Palca
JPL engineers install the starboard legs and wheels on the Mars 2020 rover.

The coming year is supposed to bring some important launches into space. It's possible private companies will successfully launch humans into space, and missions to Mars and the sun are planned.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • December 29th 2019 at 13:54

Up Close With The Mars Rover

By Jacob Margolis

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab let folks have a look at the Mars 2020 mission's rover before it gets packed up on its journey to Cape Canaveral for launch in 2020.

  • December 28th 2019 at 14:21

'Ring Of Fire' Eclipse Sweeps Across Skies In Middle East And Southeast Asia

By Bill Chappell
The moon moves in front of the sun in a rare "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse, as seen in the sky over Singapore on Thursday.

Instead of the sun's full disk of fire, or a crescent of light, viewers in areas of complete annularity saw a fiery halo around the moon.

(Image credit: Louis Kwok/AFP via Getty Images)

  • December 26th 2019 at 17:03

Researchers In China Spot Massive Black Hole

Astronomers discovered a black hole in the Milky Way that is twice the size of anything scientists imagined was possible.

  • December 26th 2019 at 11:01

The Reasons For A Space Force

David Greene speaks with Col. Terry Virts, a former commander of the International Space Station, about the rationale for creating a sixth branch of the U.S. armed services called the Space Force.

  • December 26th 2019 at 11:01

Steam On, Steamboat: The World's Tallest Active Geyser Has Another Record Year

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park erupts on Sept. 17, 2018.

The world's tallest active geyser is Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park. It's been on a real eruption streak lately and 2019 saw the most recorded eruptions in a calendar year.

(Image credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPS)

  • December 24th 2019 at 11:05

Boeing's Starliner Lands Safely Back To Earth After Aborted Space Station Mission

By Bobby Allyn
Boeing, NASA, and U.S. Army personnel work around the Boeing Starliner spacecraft shortly after it landed in White Sands, N.M., Sunday.

The journey is being hailed as a major achievement despite failing to complete a core objective: docking at the international space station. NASA hopes to launch U.S. astronauts in space in 2020.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/AP)

  • December 22nd 2019 at 19:36

Boeing Starliner Crew Capsule Unable To Reach Its Intended Orbit

By Brendan Byrne

After a flawless launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the Boeing Starliner crew capsule, loaded with 600 pounds of cargo for the station, was unable to reach its intended orbit.

  • December 20th 2019 at 22:29

In Uncrewed Test, Boeing's Starliner Capsule Fails To Reach Space Station

By Brendan Byrne
A time exposure of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner crew capsule on an flight test to the International Space Station lifts off in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday.

After a flawless launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the crew capsule, loaded with 600 pounds of cargo for the station, was unable to reach its intended orbit, Boeing says.

(Image credit: Terry Renna/AP)

  • December 20th 2019 at 15:40

Cleaning Up Space Junk

The European Space Agency says a self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit in 2025 to begin work on the world's first space cleanup mission. Jan Woerner of the European Space Agency discusses.

  • December 13th 2019 at 11:08

Cookies In Space, For Science

By Emily Kwong

A delicious experiment is set to take place in space. Astronauts will bake cookies on the International Space Station as part of a long line of food innovations fueling space travel.

  • December 8th 2019 at 14:01

A Comet From Another Star Hints That Our Solar System Isn't One-Of-A-Kind

By Geoff Brumfiel
The comet 2I/Borisov as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope on October 12. Borisov will swing by the sun and then head back into deep space.

The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA))

  • December 5th 2019 at 19:33
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