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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

Friday, November 14, 2014

As the Rosetta mission made history by putting a lander on a comet, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women.

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Comet Lander Deploys Drill, But Could Lose Power Tonight

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fearing that Philae's batteries won't last past Friday, engineers are looking at possible ways to help it get more power from its solar panels. One ray of hope: Its comet is heading toward the sun.

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Morning Edition

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Friday, November 14, 2014

The astrophysicist has been tweeting about the science behind the film. In an interview with NPR, Tyson goes beyond those tweets, into wormholes, relativity and even some spoilers.

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All Things Considered

After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists have established contact with the lander, but they're not sure where on the comet it is. The lander apparently bounced after touching down, and its future may be uncertain.

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The Takeaway

We Landed on a Comet. What Now?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With the Rosetta spacecraft secured on Comet 67P, scientists are hoping to discover where the building blocks of life came from and how we can identify life outside our planet.

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Photo Shows Lander Sitting On Comet After Bounce-Landing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Before the Philae lander came to rest on the surface of a comet Wednesday, it bounced — twice. The lander weighs far less on the comet than it did on Earth.

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All Things Considered

Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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The Takeaway

Inside an Epic 4-Billion Mile Space Chase

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's taken 10 years and 4 billion miles, but the Rosetta spacecraft has finally placed a lander on a comet. The next step? Gain critical information about our solar system.

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Comet Landing A Success: European Craft Makes 'Fairly Gentle Touchdown'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Millions of miles from Earth, the Philae robotic lander has settled on the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Epic Space Chase, a Global Migrant Crisis, and a Fight Against Voter Apathy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Takeaway looks at the 4-billion mile mission of the Rosetta spacecraft, the migrant crisis from the U.S. to Europe, and the ways voting in the United States could be easier.

Comet's Rugged Landscape Makes Landing A Roll Of The Dice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Researchers admit their estimates that the comet was "potato-shape" were way off. Luck may now be the deciding factor in the attempt for a soft landing early Wednesday.

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Morning Edition

Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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All Things Considered

In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel about last week's tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

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Space Artifact Auction To Benefit Future Astronauts

Saturday, November 08, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE, about an auction of space artifacts. Among the collectibles are objects from Neil Armstrong's estate.

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Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

Friday, November 07, 2014

Virgin Galactic says there have been some cancellations in the week since its experimental craft went down, killing the co-pilot. But many ticket holders say they don't plan to ask for refunds.

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Morning Edition

Test Flight Crash Fails To Deter Space Tourists

Friday, November 07, 2014

Last week, a commercial spaceship built by Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight. More than 700 had signed up for flights on the craft, and many are sticking with the project — for now.

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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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BBC Future

Why Colonize Other Planets?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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Curiosity, not necessity, is the reason humans will populate the cosmos. 

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All Things Considered

Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Monday, November 03, 2014

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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