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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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All Things Considered

Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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The Takeaway

Building a Case for Life on Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New evidence shows that early in the history of the planet, Mars likely had rivers, lakes, and oceans of water for tens of millions of years—potentially long enough for life to form.

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NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Monday, December 08, 2014

The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.

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Morning Edition

Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Monday, December 08, 2014

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All of the others have been, well, crummy.

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All Things Considered

NASA's Orion Completes First Test Flight

Saturday, December 06, 2014

NASA's Orion spacecraft — built to take a human crew into deep space — completed a successful test flight Friday. NPR's Arun Rath talks with landing and recovery manager Stuart McClung.

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NASA's Orion Capsule Looks And Acts Like Apollo

Saturday, December 06, 2014

With the launch of a new NASA spacecraft and a probe nearing Pluto, it's been a busy week in space. NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel tells NPR's Scott Simon what's going on up there.

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All Things Considered

Lots Of Work Remains After Successful Orion Launch

Friday, December 05, 2014

NASA successfully launched and landed a test version of its next-generation Orion spacecraft on Friday morning. The unmanned test is the first for the follow-on to the shuttle.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The First Space Capsule Since Apollo to Send An Astronaut Beyond Low Earth Orbit is Delayed. Will It Launch?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Orion space capsule is NASA’s first attempt to send an astronaut capsule beyond low Earth orbit since the Apollo program, but the launch was delayed. 

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NASA Scrubs Launch Of Orion Spacecraft

Thursday, December 04, 2014

After several issues, including high winds, stuck engine valves and a boat downrange of the launch site, the space agency said it would cancel today's planned launch of the new vehicle.

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Morning Edition

NASA's Orion Capsule Built To Take Humans Into Deep Space

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This is the first time NASA will fly a spacecraft designed for humans since the space shuttle retired in 2011. The pod is similar to what the Apollo astronauts used in the 1960s and '70s.

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Morning Edition

To Search For A New Supernova, Build A New Camera

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Most telescope cameras can only capture a small patch of sky at a time. But a new camera has a much larger field of view, and its backers are hoping for help in deciphering its reams of data.

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All Things Considered

NASA To Test Orion Spacecraft For Long Future Missions

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NASA plans to launch an unmanned capsule named "Orion" from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. NASA hopes that Orion will one day carry astronauts beyond Earth's orbit and even to Mars.

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Morning Edition

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The new vehicle, named Orion, is designed to carry humans into deep space. But most Americans aren't aware it exists.

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All Things Considered

To Boldly Go Where No 3-D Printer Has Gone Before: Yep, Space

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NASA 3-D printed an object on the International Space Station for the first time this week. It's an important step toward long missions — like to Mars — where all necessary items won't fit on board.

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Morning Edition

Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Two NASA astronauts are aboard the International Space Station. Turkey is on the menu but not pumpkin pie. NASA can't make pumpkin pie in space because the crust doesn't come out right.

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Soundcheck

Space Is Once Again The Place: A Playlist For Extra-Terrestrial Explorers

Friday, November 21, 2014

Every trip should have a soundtrack – especially one that is out of this world.
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Comet Lander's Big Bounce Caught On Camera

Monday, November 17, 2014

An orbiting spacecraft caught the Philae lander bounding on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander sent home some scientific data before its batteries ran out.

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The sky was full of wonders this week, NPR's Scott Simon muses, as a spacecraft landed on a comet and two window washers were rescued 69 stories above the streets at the new One World Trade Center.

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Comet Lander Sends Back Data, Settles In For A Potentially Long Nap

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander today, but its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff — a bad spot when you're relying on solar power.

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