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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Morning Edition

Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft hibernated for 31 months while its orbit took it too far away from the sun for its solar arrays to keep it operational. It's ready for a rendezvous with a comet Aug. 6.

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45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

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Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

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People Share Moon Landing Memories On YouTube Channel

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new YouTube channel, where anyone can share memories from the historic day.

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Studio 360

Will Sci-Fi Save Us?

Friday, July 18, 2014

What does today’s sci-fi mean for our real-life future?  Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson argues that it’s time to get over our love of dystopia. A class at MIT searches sci-fi classics for technologies they can invent right now, although maybe they shouldn’t. Geoengineers take a tip from Carl Sagan – ...

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Studio 360

Hacking the Climate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate — is a sci-fi idea that could very well become a reality. But it’s controversial, because it’s impossible to know the long-term effects of tampering with such a complex system.

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All Things Considered

To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.

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Morning Edition

Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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Radiolab

Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Invent the World's Darkest Material

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Batman, Coco Chanel, and Johnny Cash all had a thing for classic black. But a new material is so strikingly dark, it makes these icons look like they're wearing faded gray. Vantablack is a color the human eye has never seen before.

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All Things Considered

Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It takes a long time to travel 3 billion miles. On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will finally get a flyby glimpse of the dwarf planet, as part of a mission launched in 2006.

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Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The rocket, built by commercial firm Orbital Sciences, carries an unmanned Cygnus capsule. It lifted off from a pad at Wallops Island, Va.

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The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This summer, the moon will reach "super" status — turning full at its closest point to the Earth — no fewer than three times. The first supermoon appears Saturday.

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Morning Edition

The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ISEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.

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As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.

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What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.

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The Takeaway

NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.

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