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Yesterday โ€” September 17th 2019NPR Space

Meet The Nuclear-Powered Self-Driving Drone NASA Is Sending To A Moon Of Saturn

By Geoff Brumfiel
NASA

Almost everyone who learns about the project thinks it sounds "crazy," admits one scientist. But the technology should work.

(Image credit: Johns Hopkins APL)

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09
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India Spacecraft Located, Condition Unknown

By Lauren Frayer
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan displays a model of Chandrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference at their headquarters in Bangalore, India on Aug. 20.

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.

(Image credit: Aijaz Rahi/AP)

  • September 8th 2019 at 17:53

Fate Of India's Moon Lander Unknown

By Lauren Frayer

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.

  • September 8th 2019 at 13:56

India's Attempt To Land Rover At Moon's South Pole Fails

By Vanessa Romo
Indian Space Research Organization employees react as they learn that mission control lost communication with its unmanned landing module moments before it touched down on the moon

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.

(Image credit: Aijaz Rahi/AP)

  • September 7th 2019 at 00:58

Satellite Imagery Shows Extent Of Devastating Flooding On Grand Bahama Island

By Geoff Brumfiel
An satellite image from the company ICEYE shows flooding on Grand Bahama on Monday. The satellite uses radar to look through the clouds.

Hurricane Dorian hit Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane and then essentially parked itself over the island.

(Image credit: ICEYE)

  • September 3rd 2019 at 21:15

Amateurs Identify U.S. Spy Satellite Behind President Trump's Tweet

By Geoff Brumfiel
The spy satellite, known as USA 224 or NROL-49, was launched in 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The satellite is believed to be among America's most advanced. Some believe it's as large as the Hubble Space Telescope.

(Image credit: United Launch Alliance)

  • September 2nd 2019 at 15:04

White House Hopes Revived Space Command Is One Giant Leap Toward Proposed Space Force

By Colin Dwyer
Vice President Pence speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council last week in Chantilly, Va. Pence and President Trump have pushed hard for the establishment of a separate Space Force — and they hope the revival of U.S. Space Command will help get them there.

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.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • August 29th 2019 at 19:22

What Satellite Imagery Can Tell Us About The Fires Burning In The Amazon

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.

  • August 23rd 2019 at 23:16

Stars Are Aligning For New Military Service Focused On Space

By Claudia Grisales

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.

  • August 14th 2019 at 11:03

With Congressional Blessing, Space Force Is Closer To Launch

By Claudia Grisales
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center mission launched Thursday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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.

(Image credit: Walter Scriptunas II/Courtesy United Launch Alliance)

  • August 11th 2019 at 13:00

Thousands Of Tardigrades Are Stranded On The Moon After A Failed Lunar Mission

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.

  • August 8th 2019 at 22:23

Amid Protests In Hawaii Against Giant Telescope, Astronomers Look To 'Plan B'

By Scott Neuman
The Gemini Telescope (right) and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii

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.

(Image credit: Caleb Jones/AP)

  • August 6th 2019 at 11:39

Chile And Telescopes Are A Match Made In Heaven

By Joe Palca
One of the 54 steerable dishes that make up much of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile

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.

(Image credit: Kathy Hudson/Hudson Works)

  • August 2nd 2019 at 21:50

Ask Cokie: The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

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.

  • July 26th 2019 at 11:02

In Alabama, Huntsville Continues To Play A Large Role In NASA's Exploration Efforts

By Russell Lewis

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.

  • July 24th 2019 at 23:11

New Telescope Promises To Revolutionize Astronomy

By Joe Palca
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope under construction on Cerro Pachón in Chile

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.

(Image credit: Joe Palca/NPR)

  • July 24th 2019 at 11:01

Chris Kraft, Architect Of NASA's Mission Control, Dies At Age Of 95

By Russell Lewis

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.

  • July 23rd 2019 at 11:01

Chris Kraft, One Of The Architects Of The U.S. Space Program, Dies At 95

By Russell Lewis
NASA Mission Control founder Chris Kraft in the old mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. This original mission control of the Apollo era is a national historic landmark.

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.

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

  • July 23rd 2019 at 01:45

India Launches Mission To The Moon On Its 2nd Try

By Sasha Ingber
Through a webcast, a man at New Delhi

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.

(Image credit: Manish Swarup/AP)

  • July 22nd 2019 at 16:20

As NASA's Apollo Space Program Grew, Alabama Was Pressured To Desegregate

By Scott Neuman

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.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 11:01
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