Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds "crazy," admits one scientist. But the technology should work.
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After losing contact with the unmanned craft as it was trying to land on the moon, scientists appear to have captured an image of the lander on the surface, and they're trying to establish contact.
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India's mission control lost contact with its Vikram lander as it tried to make a soft landing near the moon's remote South Pole. Now the craft has been located, but its condition is unknown.
The spacecraft's descent was going as planned until it reached an altitude of 2.1 km over the surface. "Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost," scientists explained.
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Hurricane Dorian hit Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane and then essentially parked itself over the island.
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The satellite is believed to be among America's most advanced. Some believe it's as large as the Hubble Space Telescope.
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President Trump and Vice President Pence are expected to formally reestablish the U.S. Space Command on Thursday. It's not the Space Force they want, but they intend it as a step in that direction.
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NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Doug Morton of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center about what satellite imagery can tell us about the cause and extent of the fires in Brazil.
President Trump has made creating a Space Force a key line in his campaign rallies. Congress is now on board due to concerns about security threats to satellites and the chance to land more jobs.
It started as a joke, as President Trump riffed on the idea last year. Now, Congress could create the first, new military service in more than 70 years.
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NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Wired writer Daniel Oberhaus about a failed lunar mission that left a few thousand tardigrades a microscopic animal, on the moon.
An international consortium planning the Thirty Meter Telescope still prefers to site it atop the Big Island's Mauna Kea. But local protests may drive the project to the Canary Islands.
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The South American country is home to the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert, places that have some of the stillest and driest air in the world. That makes them ideal for astronomy.
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With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, what has the space program meant for America? NPR's Steve Inskeep and commentator Cokie Roberts take listener questions.
Huntsville, Ala., was one of the key cities that helped NASA get to the moon in 1969. Fifty years later, Huntsville still plays a big role in NASA's present and future space exploration efforts.
A powerful telescope is taking shape in the Chilean Andes. When finished, it will repeatedly image huge swaths of the sky, searching for rare events such as merging stars and other events.
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One of the architect's of NASA's mission control has died at age 95. Chris Kraft was one of the original employees of the space task group and the agency's first flight director.
Kraft was among the earliest employees of NASA and designed mission control and other components of the program. He became head of the Johnson Space Center and oversaw the birth of the space shuttle.
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If Chandrayaan-2 reaches the moon as planned, India would become the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface, after the United States, Russia and China.
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Hundreds of thousands of jobs were created for the Apollo space program. As the program ramped up, leaders in Huntsville, Ala., realized they needed to desegregate to attract talent.