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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

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PRI's The World

Scientists prepare for a historic landing on a 'seething and sputtering and spitting' comet

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you think parallel parking is hard, then consider the European Space Agency's latest mission. ESA's Rosetta mission will attempt to land a small robot on a rocky comet barreling through space at more than 34,000 miles an hour.

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European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

Monday, September 15, 2014

After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.

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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Saturday, September 13, 2014

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.

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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Authorities first said the 40-foot crater outside Managua's international airport was caused by a meteor that may have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid. But scientists are skeptical.

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Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport

Monday, September 08, 2014

The space rock, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a hole 16 feet deep just outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

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Radiolab

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close

Sunday, September 07, 2014

An asteroid named Pitbull will barely miss Earth on Sunday. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Paul Cox of the citizen astronomer group Slooh about why it's so difficult to keep track of these space rocks.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.

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All Things Considered

In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.

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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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Radiolab

A Pale Blue Dot of Perspective

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Check out some of our favorite images snapped by the Voyager spacecraft, including the famous "Pale Blue Dot" we describe in our Escape episode.
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Radiolab

When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.
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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

So, You Want To Seize a Satellite?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A small group of volunteers and aerospace engineers seized control of the International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 satellite and set up a mission control in an abandoned McDonald's.

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Radiolab

Voyager in Limbo?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NASA believes Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere. But not everyone agrees. 
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