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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Bird's Eye Perspective of the Planet, and Its Problems

Monday, April 13, 2015

Living on the International Space Station, witnessing Earth from afar, gave Ron Garan a new point of view on the vexing problems we face today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Old Masters Reimagined in Brooklyn, How Chinese Art Came to America

Monday, April 13, 2015

An astronaut's orbital perspective on the planet. Kehinde Wiley's inventive portraits. Chinese Art in North America. The women who transformed Washington D.C. during the civil war.

All Things Considered

Remembering Apollo 13, NASA's Most Famous 'Successful Failure'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Space travel is never routine or easy and the Apollo 13 mission to the moon proved that point. An explosion aboard the spacecraft 55 hours after liftoff forever changed NASA.

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Soundcheck

Public Service Broadcasting: A Space Age Electronic Dance Party

Friday, April 10, 2015

The London duo marries retro-leaning electronic dance music with archival broadcasts and clips from NASA communications on The Race For Space. Watch the band in the Soundcheck studio.

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'Definite Evidence' Of Alien Life Within 20-30 Years, NASA Chief Scientist Says

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Ellen Stofan's colleagues on a panel agreed with that assessment. But Stofan was quick to point out: "We are not talking about little green men. We are talking about little microbes."

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The Takeaway

Identical Twins, One in Space, One on Earth

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Scott Kelly is scheduled for the longest mission ever on the International Space Station, while his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, is scheduled to be his Earth-bound guinea pig. 

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All Things Considered

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Monday, April 06, 2015

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed.

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Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The third in a set of four lunar eclipses that began a year ago and will finish in late September could be seen from the U.S. East Coast to Asia.

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Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

Friday, April 03, 2015

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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All Things Considered

Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Monday, March 30, 2015

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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All Things Considered

Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly has arrived at the International Space Station on a yearlong mission. He and Mark Kelly, his twin and fellow NASA astronaut, will take part in experiments comparing their health.

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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The Takeaway

How Far One Astronaut Will Go to Age More Slowly Than His Twin

Friday, March 27, 2015

At 250 miles above the earth's surface, astronaut Scott Kelly will experience time a bit slower than his twin brother back home. Meaning, at the end of a 342 day trip, he'll be younger.

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Morning Edition

NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

Friday, March 27, 2015

During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.

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Morning Edition

NASA Rover Opportunity Wins Mars Marathon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It only took the vehicle 11 years and 2 months. That's the furthest any off-earth vehicle has traveled — beating out the Soviet Union's moon rover.

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The Takeaway

Searching for Meaning and Order in The Stars

Monday, March 23, 2015

Physicist John Learned was looking for life up in space and wound up discovering a new pattern of behavior among the stars.

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A Side Of SpaceX You May Not Have Seen Before

Monday, March 23, 2015

CEO Elon Musk's decision to put photos in the public domain was spurred by a Twitter follower who asked: What is there to lose?

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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Friday, March 20, 2015

The eclipse, total in some areas far north and partial for many others, lasted about 2 1/2 hours and was visible from South America to Asia.

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Morning Edition

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets' worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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