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Science & Space in The New GOP Congress

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is leading the committee overseeing space programs. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a climate change denier, is chairing a committee on the environment.

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SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The private launch contractor resupplying the ISS said a plan to recover the rocket's spent first stage at sea hit a snag.

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Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An experimental rocket launched by SpaceX Saturday was a partial success. A cargo capsule will reach the International Space Station, but the spent rocket failed to land on a barge in the Atlantic.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Should We Search For ET?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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SpaceX Plans A Perfect Landing

Monday, January 05, 2015

The space firm will send a supply capsule into orbit, and then try a new way to recover the part of the rocket that carried it. If it works, the cost of going to space could be reduced dramatically.

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NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

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The Takeaway

The Startorialist: Runway to Outer Space

Friday, January 02, 2015

Commercial space travel is just a few solar orbits away. Do you have everything you need? More importantly, what are you gonna wear? Join us for a special on fashion in outer space.
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All Things Considered

Scientists Bring The Sun Down To Earth To Learn How It Works

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Using a giant pulsed powered machine in New Mexico, researchers have recreated the conditions inside the Sun, and their results help reconcile theoretical models with how the Sun behaves.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Explaining the Past Year's Words, Next Year's Events, and the Future of Space Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ben Zimmer on the words of 2014. Ron Friedman on workplace productivity. The Amazing Kreskin offers predictions for 2015. Charles Fishman on the International Space Station. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Nearly Forgotten, Football-Field-Sized, International Space Station

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

For the past 5,200 days, astronauts have manned 82,000 orbits on the International Space Station at a cost of $8 million a day, with 40% of its research capacity unused.

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The Takeaway

20 Years In The Rosetta Spacecraft's Control Room

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Rosetta mission manager, the captain of the ship, Fred Jansen reflects on the spacecraft's 20 year journey and what it was like to be in its control room this year.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Vanished Flight, How Passwords Get Personal, And 20 Years On A Spacecraft

Monday, December 29, 2014

An Air Asia flight from Indonesia to Singapore vanished over the Java Sea, the personal stories behind our passwords, and the Rosetta mission manager on the spacecraft's long journey.

All Things Considered

An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

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Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

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All Things Considered

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An improved version of India's largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.

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Black Holes And Our Cosmic Future

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that while he enjoys sci-fi speculation like most people, he also thinks there is a chance, in viewing recent films, to learn something about ourselves and our planet.

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All Things Considered

Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

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Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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