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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Astronaut's View From Space

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Manhattan at 3:45 a.m., the Nile lit up by the lights of Cairo, and Venice all look pretty incredible from space. Here are 11 of astronaut Chris Hadfield's best photographs.

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Studio 360

Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, July 04, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

 

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Radiolab

Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It's nighttime. You are hovering high off the planet looking down. Things are happening. Strange, beautiful, wonderful things.

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For example, as night falls in the new world, North America seems stage-lit, it's so bright with street lights, traffic lights, window lights. South America ...

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Studio 360

Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

Video: Hadfield sings “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reza Aslan; Humans of New York; Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Friday, December 27, 2013

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, talks about his interfaith scholarship and the ties between monotheism and polytheism. Then, a look at how the US Constitution feeds the partisan gridlock in Washington. Plus: Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York explains the hugely popular project to create a photographic census of New York City’s residents; and the astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his experience in space and what it taught him about life on earth.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Answers Your Space Questions

Friday, November 08, 2013

What's it feel like to rocket into space? Do astronauts become more or less religious after they complete their mission? Can you have sex in space? Commander Chris Hadfield answers listener questions and discusses his new book An Astronauts's Guide to Life on Earth.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Falling Off The Moon

Friday, January 25, 2013

NPR

In the story The Little Prince, a boy from a tiny planet lands on Earth. The boy is tall, the planet small, and you worry he might fall off. In real life, real Earthlings once had a hint of this experience. It was 1972, and you can go there with them.

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Radiolab

Dark Side of the Earth

Monday, October 08, 2012

200 miles above Earth's surface, astronaut Dave Wolf -- rocketing through the blackness of Earth's shadow at 5 miles a second -- floated out of the Mir Space Station on his very first spacewalk. In this short, he describes the extremes of light and dark in space, relives a heart-pounding close call, and shares one of the most tranquil moments of his life.

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The Takeaway

The Life and Legacy of Neil Armstrong

Monday, August 27, 2012

When astronaut Neil Armstrong took those first steps on the surface of the moon 43 years ago, he became a hero to millions, an icon of mankind’s potential and a symbol of the triumph of American democracy over Soviet communism.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Sally Ride: High-Flying Female Astronaut and Pioneer for Science Education

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A look back at Sally Ride: Her legacy, first space mission, and her work to bring science to the youth of America.

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The Takeaway

Mae Jemison's Quest to Take us All into Space

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Few on our planet know what it might take to launch civilians into space, and Mae Jemison is one of them. Jemison famously became the first black woman to travel in space when she boarded the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Today, she’s helped found the Dorothy Jemison Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a space program for civilians within the next 100 years. 

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The Takeaway

Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Marks End of Era

Friday, July 08, 2011

Today's launch of space shuttle Atlantis marks the last of NASA's manned shuttle missions. With the closing of the shuttle program comes, not only an unclear future for future space exploration, but also a sadness for those aspiring astronauts who have spent years training to go into space. Kate Rubins, a member of the astronaut class of 2009, discusses the implications of the program's end and how she'll be an astronaut in a post-shuttle world.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Yuri Gagarin, Space Hero

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As Vostok 1 lifted off, Yuri Gagarin said to the world: “Poyekhali!" (Let’s go!”). The first man in space spent 108 minutes orbiting the earth. He landed separately from Vostok 1, parachuting down in the middle of a field, greeted by a woman and her daughter 370 miles off target. The cosmonaut reportedly said to the stunned farm women, “Don’t be afraid, I am a Soviet like you who has descended from space and I must find a telephone to call Moscow!” If only he had an iPhone.

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Talk to Me

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Pluto’s Best Frenemy

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WNYC

If you only know one thing about Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Director of the Hayden Planetarium at The American Museum of Natural History ) it is probably that he was the man who outraged a lot of people when he demoted Pluto—it’s not a planet anymore. 

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The Takeaway

Farewell Atlantis: NASA Counts Down to the Last Launch

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NASA has begun counting down to its last scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. We wanted to know: Do all the shuttles have the same type of cup holders and is taking off on Atlantis any different from launching in Discovery?

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WNYC News

The End of the Shuttle Program?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Miles OBrien, freelance space reporter and former CNN chief science/technology/environment correspondent, talks with Brian Lehrer about the void in leadership at NASA and what it means for the shuttle program.

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The Takeaway

Don't you dare bring that lunar dust into my house young man!

Friday, April 24, 2009

It gets in your shoes, in your eyes, and your mouth and your hair and don’t get me started on when it gets in your space capsule. We're talking about lunar dust and any astronaut who has been to the moon will tell you: it sticks to everything. This incredibly stickiness is a hindrance to equipment and space armor and until now no one knew why. Now as NASA says it wants to make another lunar visit a priority, the solution may be at hand. Just yesterday details of a new study by Australian scientist Brian O’Brien came out giving some new facts on moon dust.

Joining The Takeaway to help us understand the sticky situation is Miles O'Brien, longtime intergalactic reporter, joins us to tell us all about it and everything else going on in outer space.

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