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David Baron: Why Should You Experience A Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse.

The moment David Baron saw his first total solar eclipse in 1998, he was hooked. He's spent the last 20 years chasing them across the globe—all for a few minutes of joy, wonder and awe.

(Image credit: David Baron)

  • November 16th 2018 at 15:20

Watch The Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend

By Ruben Kimmelman
This bright meteor was seen in the sky above Wrightwood, Calif., during the Leonid meteor storm of 1966. Storms are more intense than showers, but every year Leonid meteors streak across the night sky in November.

Hopefully you don't have anything planned between late Saturday night and 3 a.m. Sunday, because with a clear calendar and clear skies, you should be able to catch a glimpse of a few meteors.

(Image credit: NASA/Getty Images)

  • November 13th 2018 at 23:27

After 9 Years In Orbit, Kepler Telescope Leaves A Legacy Of Discovery

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicates our sky is filled with billions of hidden planets, NASA

NASA's Charlie Sobeck, former manager of the Kepler Space Telescope mission, discusses the monumental findings of the spacecraft and NASA's decision to retire it in orbit.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. Pyle/Getty Images)

  • November 4th 2018 at 14:00

Waiting For Opportunity To Get In Touch

By Joe Palca
An artist

NASA mission managers haven't heard from the Martian rover Opportunity since June. A dust storm interfered with communication but the storm is over now and engineers hope to hear from the rover soon.

(Image credit: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • November 1st 2018 at 21:58

Hawaii's Supreme Court OKs Construction Of Giant Telescope Despite Native Objections

By Ruben Kimmelman
Telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii

The massive telescope with a nearly 100-foot mirror is set to be built atop 13,800-foot Mauna Kea, considered sacred land by some of the project's opponents.

(Image credit: Caleb Jones/AP)

  • November 1st 2018 at 06:38

A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Launches For Mission To Mercury

By Joe Palca
This October 2008 photo shows Mercury during the Messenger spacecraft

The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Image credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington via AP)

  • October 19th 2018 at 20:57

'Brief Answers To The Big Questions' Is Stephen Hawking's Parting Gift To Humanity

By Marcelo Gleiser
Physicist Stephen Hawking on Oct. 10, 1979, in Princeton, New Jersey.

The physicist's posthumous book highlights his belief in the rationality of nature and in our ability to uncover its secrets — and a faith in science's ability to solve humanity's biggest problems.

(Image credit: Santi Visalli/Getty Images)

  • October 16th 2018 at 16:21

For Sale! Certified Lunar Meteorite โ€” Weight 12 Pounds โ€” Mileage 250,000

By Ruben Kimmelman
A 12-pound lunar meteorite was discovered in Northwest Africa and comes from the moon but wasn

Ever look at the moon and say, "Yeah, I want a piece of that"? Well, an online auction house has one for sale.

(Image credit: Rodrique Ngowi/AP)

  • October 12th 2018 at 03:55

U.S. And Russian Astronauts Safe Following Rocket Malfunction After Launch

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield about Thursday's failed launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a U.S.-Russian crew to the International Space Station.

  • October 11th 2018 at 23:28

Booster On Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions, Trip To Space Delayed

Rachel Martin talks to reporter Matthew Bodner, who's in Moscow, about crew members who were forced to abort the launch of a Soyuz rocket — abandoning a mission to the International Space Station.

  • October 11th 2018 at 14:33

Rocket Headed For International Space Station Fails, Makes Emergency Landing

By Bill Chappell
Smoke rises as first-stage boosters separate from a Soyuz rocket with a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. The mission was aborted shortly after launch, and the pair returned to Earth safely in an emergency landing.

Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were on board when their Soyuz MS-10's booster malfunctioned. The two made it out safely.

(Image credit: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

  • October 11th 2018 at 13:30

Space Shuttle Missions Remembered During NASA's Anniversary

By David Greene

NASA is celebrating an anniversary. The space agency officially opened its doors 60 years ago on Oct. 1, 1958. Franklin Chang-Diaz flew seven missions during NASA's space shuttle years.

  • October 11th 2018 at 11:08

For 30 Years, Michigan Man Has Been Using Meteorite As A Doorstop

A recent check determined that the rock that weighed more than 22 pounds was the sixth-largest meteorite found in Michigan, and could be worth as much as $1,000.00.

  • October 8th 2018 at 11:11

Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
(Top row, from left) Titan, Earth

Scientists have detected plenty of planets outside our solar system. Now, they say, they've found the first moon circling one of them.

(Image credit: Courtesty of NASA)

  • October 3rd 2018 at 20:01

Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid In Latest Success For International Group

By Bill Chappell
Roughly the size of a shoebox, the Mascot lander safely settled onto the surface of the Ryugu asteroid. It

On Twitter, the craft echoed Alice in Wonderland, declaring: "And then I found myself in a place like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!"

(Image credit: DLR)

  • October 3rd 2018 at 16:18

A Small Planet With Big Implications

By Joe Palca

Astronomers have found a distant dwarf planet that appears to confirm the existence of Planet Nine, a giant planet lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system.

  • October 2nd 2018 at 20:14

Holly Ridings On Breaking A Glass Ceiling At NASA

Holly Ridings, NASA's first-ever female chief flight director, weighs in on being a woman in the field with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

  • September 30th 2018 at 14:23

You've Been To Mars And A Comet; Japan's Space Agency Invites You To An Asteroid

By Ruben Kimmelman
A still from a 15-frame movie captured by one of the MINERVA-II1 rovers on the surface of asteroid Ryugu last week.

Two Japanese rovers touring an asteroid have sent home photos and a video, which were published by JAXA on Thursday.

(Image credit: JAXA)

  • September 28th 2018 at 04:45

NASA Hosts Conference All About Looking For Signs Of Civilization Beyond Earth

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with astrophysicist Adam Frank, who is attending a NASA conference in Houston that's exploring how to discover intelligent life beyond earth.

  • September 27th 2018 at 23:32

Space Mining โ€” Learning How To Fuel An Interplanetary Gas Station

By Dan Boyce
The Colorado School of Mines has started the world

Real space travel will necessitate interplanetary gas stations on the moon, or on asteroids. A Colorado university has launched the first degree program in "space mining."

(Image credit: Dan Boyce for NPR)

  • September 25th 2018 at 11:03
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