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Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Space

SpaceX Launches NASA Satellite To Search For Alien Worlds

By Camila Domonoske
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket transporting the TESS satellite lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday. The satellite will scan nearly the entire sky for alien worlds.

TESS — short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will spend two years searching for planets near bright, nearby stars.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

  • April 19th 2018 at 00:29
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Get Ready For the Next Big Thing In NASA's Search For Earth's Twin

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
An artist

NASA is launching a mission to find Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that scientists can study for signs of life. Scientists already know of over 3,000 planets around distant stars.

(Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

  • April 15th 2018 at 14:20

Environmental Group Plans Methane-Tracking Satellite

By Christopher Joyce
A new satellite, called MethaneSAT,will track methane emissions from oil and gas fields, as well as agriculture and natural sources. It

Scientists hope MethaneSAT will show where the potent greenhouse gas is coming from. Tracking methane in the air is difficult because it rises and spreads from the source.

(Image credit: Environmental Defense Fund)

  • April 12th 2018 at 01:30

NASA Hopes Supersonic X Plane Will Deliver Less Bang For The Buck

By Joe Palca
Lockheed Martin

The new plane will test technologies to reduce the loud boom planes make when they break the sound barrier.

(Image credit: Courtesy Lockheed Martin)

  • April 5th 2018 at 21:21

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
An artist

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.

(Image credit: Spitzer Space Telescope/NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech))

  • April 4th 2018 at 19:26

Time Travel With Your Fridge?

By Jimena Canales
Modest temperature reversals have not taken us back in time at all, says guest commentator Jimena Canales.

If the history of thermodynamics can teach us anything, it is that modest entropy reversals have not taken us back in time at all. But it is more fun to think otherwise, says guest Jimena Canales.

(Image credit: Orlagh Murphy/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

  • April 3rd 2018 at 18:55

Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?

By Adam Frank
Artist

Commentator Adam Frank talks with Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb about exo-civilizations, techno-signatures, and the search for alien life — living or long-gone.

(Image credit: ESO)

  • April 2nd 2018 at 18:28

As Predicted, Chinese Space Lab Falls From The Sky

By Anthony Kuhn

A defunct Chinese space station was mostly burned up in the Earth's atmosphere before landing in the the South Pacific Sunday.

  • April 2nd 2018 at 11:06

Chinese Space Lab Crashes To Earth

By Camila Domonoske
Visitors sit beside a model of China

Tiangong-1, an abandoned Chinese orbiting lab, re-entered the atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean Sunday evening, fulfilling predictions by the European Space Agency.

(Image credit: Kin Cheung/AP)

  • April 1st 2018 at 19:52

No Fooling: Chinese Space Lab Might Plunge From Orbit On April 1

By Scott Neuman
Scientists look at the screen showing the Shenzhou X manned spacecraft docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on June 13, 2013, in Beijing.

China's Tiangong-1, launched in 2013, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 31 and April 2, according to the European Space Agency.

(Image credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

  • March 28th 2018 at 10:18

Why Scientists Aren't Fans Of Creating On-Demand Meteor Showers

A Japanese company is proposing a venture to create on-demand meteor showers using small spheres dropped from a satellite. Scientists aren't really keen to the idea.

  • March 27th 2018 at 22:06

Homemade Rocket Fails To Make It Into Space

For two years Mike Hughes worked on a rocket. His goal was to prove the earth was flat. Over the weekend, he got a third of a mile into the air and then fell back to earth. The rocket had a parachute.

  • March 26th 2018 at 11:57

A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

By Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi
Sunita Williams conducts routine maintenance during a stint aboard the International Space Station. Nowadays, the astronaut helps Boeing and SpaceX develop private spacecraft.

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • March 26th 2018 at 04:00

You Can't Fall If There's No Gravity

Astronaut Andrew Fuestel has been to space three times. He says he has a mild fear of heights, but he can push through it. He's OK after reaching hundreds of miles above the Earth.

  • March 23rd 2018 at 10:01

Wrinkling Time To Heal A Family

By Marcelo Gleiser
O, The Oprah Magazine hosts special NYC screening of "A Wrinkle In Time" at Walter Reade Theater on March 7, 2018 in New York City.

Showing science's enchanting side has the almost magical effect of opening new portals to what is possible, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

  • March 21st 2018 at 16:30

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

By Adam Becker
Conceptual computer art of superstrings; the superstring theory is a "theory of everything."

Despite the incredibly accurate predictions of quantum theory, there's a lot of disagreement over what it says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it, says guest Adam Becker.

(Image credit: Pasieka/Getty Images/Science Photo Library RF)

  • March 20th 2018 at 22:30

A Chinese Space Lab Will Soon Fall From The Sky. Where It Lands, No One Knows

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
A model of the Tiangong-1 space station at a Chinese airshow in 2010. The real Tiangong-1 will reenter the atmosphere around the end of March.

Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.

(Image credit: Kin Cheung/AP)

  • March 20th 2018 at 17:51

NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

  • March 15th 2018 at 21:13

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

By Joe Palca
This artist

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

(Image credit: JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ./Space Systems Loral/Peter Rubin/NASA)

  • March 14th 2018 at 21:14

The Universe According To Albert Einstein: Relativity

By Marcelo Gleiser
Albert Einstein.

When Einstein, born 139 years ago on Wednesday, came onto the science scene, physics was in crisis. New ideas were badly needed — it was the perfect moment for a trailblazer, says Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

  • March 14th 2018 at 16:17
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