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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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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

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Morning Edition

Chicago's All-Black Little League Team Enhances City's Image

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An all African-American Little League team from Chicago is drawing lots of attention and making a big impression. It's been 31 years since an all-black team made it into the league's World Series.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Saturday, August 16, 2014

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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BackStory

Earthrise: Behind the Lens

Friday, August 15, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The second of three so-called "supermoons" this year can be seen under clear skies Sunday night, but some argue the term is a bit of a stretch.

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A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.

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WATCH: NASA Tests New Mars Braking System

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The saucer-like Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator went up 190,000 feet to simulate the conditions of an orbital entry at the red planet.

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All Things Considered

Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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The Takeaway

'Hello, Comet!' Europeans Make Space History

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Europeans made history with the Rosetta Probe today. After a 10-year chase, the European Space Agency announced that its spacecraft has maneuvered alongside a speeding comet to begin mapping its surface in detail, opening the door for a new chapter in Solar System exploration.

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Morning Edition

Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In November, Rosetta will release a lander about the size of a small refrigerator that will attempt to secure itself to the comet's surface using harpoons.

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All Things Considered

In Quest To Harpoon A Comet, A Spacecraft Stalks Its Prey

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.

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After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There

Monday, August 04, 2014

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.

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Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A group of geckos "lost" in space was found last week — they were the subjects of a scientific experiment. They're the latest in a long line of animals that humans have sent beyond the atmosphere.

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Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is sort of a squashed sphere. The lead author of a new paper published in Nature describes it as "a lemon with an equatorial bulge."

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Morning Edition

On NASA's Birthday, Mars Rover Sets A Mileage Record

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover set a record Monday for driving a longer distance than any other manmade craft sent to another celestial body.

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Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.

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This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

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