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Co-Pilot Killed In SpaceShipTwo Crash Was Experienced And Steady

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Mike Alsbury, 39, died when Virgin Galactic's prototype reusable space plane apparently broke apart in midair over the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday.

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Investigation Of Deadly Spaceship Crash Begins In Mojave Desert

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Federal officials are looking into why the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed in California during a test flight that left one pilot dead.

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Virgin Galactic Crash Raises Questions About Private Space Ventures

Saturday, November 01, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Joel Glenn Brenner about the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash. She knew both pilots who were on board the spacecraft.

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All Things Considered

Virgin Galactic 'Spaceship Two' Crashes In Calif.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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All Things Considered

18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.

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All Things Considered

Rocket Explosion Comes At A Tough Time For NASA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Investigators spent the day at a NASA launch facility in Virginia trying to understand why a private cargo rocket exploded moments after liftoff. There were no injuries but the accident is a setback for the company, Orbital Sciences, and NASA. NASA is relying on private contractors to help ferry supplies to the International Space Station. The accident also changed the discussions happening at an annual space convention being held this week in Huntsville, Ala.

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Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.

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All Things Considered

For Mars Missions, Sending More Women Might Make Economical Sense

Sunday, October 26, 2014

For four months, Kate Greene took part in a NASA-run Mars simulation on the rocky slope of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Greene about the missions.

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'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

Friday, October 24, 2014

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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Morning Edition

European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Friday, October 24, 2014

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from a comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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The Takeaway

The True Story Behind the Mars Rover

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A former NASA chief engineer and co-author of "Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer" details the saga leading up to Curiosity's launch.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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All Things Considered

NASA To Replace Iconic Countdown Clock After Maintenance Skyrockets

Friday, October 17, 2014

NASA says it plans to replace the digital countdown timer that's featured prominently in broadcasts and images of Kennedy Space Center launches ever since the second moon landing mission 45 years ago.

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Fresh Air

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Friday, October 17, 2014

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, October 17, 2014

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One woman took out a second mortgage to go to space. We toured an abandoned NYC island. A Russian milkman becomes an American Icon. Here are the week's top stories, all in one playlist.

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The Takeaway

The Giant Leap Into Commercial Space Travel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ten years ago, a private space aircraft left the Earth’s atmosphere and stirred up dreams of an age of commercial space travel. Yet a decade later, no paying passengers have flown.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Politics of Ebola, Medicaid, and Space Travel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Takeaway explores the Ebola crisis in the face of the 2014 midterm elections, the race for the governor's office in Florida, and the future of space travel.

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She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lina Borozdina took out a second mortgage. Anousheh Ansari forewent motherhood. All either of them wanted was to see earth from above, and the way they tell it, it's worth the sacrifice.

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