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Space Shot: Italian Astronaut 'Boldly' Brews Espresso On Space Station

Monday, May 04, 2015

Italian Sam Cristoforetti tweeted Sunday an image of her sipping espresso from a zero-gravity cup. No word yet on whether the coffee was any good.

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Pillars Of Creation May Be Gone In 'An Eye Blink In Cosmic Time'

Friday, May 01, 2015

That, in case you're wondering, is another 3 million years. Astronomers made that calculation after producing the first 3-D view of the pillars made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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All Things Considered

NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.

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Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.

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Russia Tries To Regain Control Of Space Capsule

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The cargo ship was launched Tuesday and scheduled to dock at the International Space Station to deliver 2.5 tons of supplies. Ground control lost contact after the ship reached its first orbit.

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Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.

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Morning Edition

After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Friday, April 24, 2015

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.

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On The Media

Our Technicolor Eye in the Sky

Friday, April 24, 2015

On the 25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope’s launch, its vivid images of cosmic formations color our imaginings of space.

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All Things Considered

'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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All Things Considered

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

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On Being

Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture.

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On Being

[Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture.

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Morning Edition

Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.

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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

Friday, April 17, 2015

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station Friday morning, bringing a long-awaited ISSpresso machine.

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We Might Welcome Robot Lawn Mowers, But Astronomers Aren't So Happy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The company that makes the Roomba vacuum is developing a lawn mower robot. But the frequency on which it would work is also used by radio telescopes. A mini-battle is being played out in FCC filings.

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Morning Edition

The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Scientists Release Largest Map Yet Of Dark Matter In The Cosmos

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Researchers from the Dark Energy Survey used data captured by one of the world's most powerful digital cameras to put together the largest contiguous map of dark matter created.

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Monday, April 13, 2015

There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.

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