Space Travel

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

NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Space Lawyers: They're a Thing

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More than 300,000 pieces of space junk are currently orbiting the planet. All those spent rocket stages, satellite fragments, and astronaut trash are starting to create major problems for space agencies. Wired Science writer Adam Mann talks about the risks posed by all that floating detritus and the idea of “space environmentalism.” He's the author of the article “Space: The Final Frontier of Environmental Disasters?”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Interstellar Travel Please

Friday, October 05, 2012

Mae Jemison, the former NASA astronaut and the first African American woman in space, is also a physician, engineer, dancer, Star Trek guest actor, and currently the leader of the DARPA-NASA project called 100 Year Starship. She talks about her efforts toward interstellar space travel. 

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Top Five Flying Machines in Classical Music

Friday, August 31, 2012

From astronaut flutists to a string quartet played on helicopters, here are five far-out examples of airplanes and aerospace technologies in classical music.

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Want a Front Row Seat to the Mars Landing? Try Times Square

Sunday, August 05, 2012

New Yorkers who want to witness the  historic landing Sunday of the Mars Planetary Rover Curiosity can do so from Times Square.

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The Takeaway

The Search for the Next Sally Ride

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

When Sally Ride took off for the stars in 1983, everyone thought we were entering the Age of the Female Scientist, but 25 years after her first mission women comprised only 20 percent of computer science, engineering, and physics students in Bachelor's programs.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Sally Ride: High-Flying Female Astronaut and Pioneer for Science Education

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A look back at Sally Ride: Her legacy, first space mission, and her work to bring science to the youth of America.


The Takeaway

Mae Jemison's Quest to Take us All into Space

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Few on our planet know what it might take to launch civilians into space, and Mae Jemison is one of them. Jemison famously became the first black woman to travel in space when she boarded the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Today, she’s helped found the Dorothy Jemison Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating a space program for civilians within the next 100 years. 


The Leonard Lopate Show

Neil deGrasse Tyson on NASA and Space

Monday, March 05, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses NASA and the future of space travel, now that NASA has put human space flight on hold. In Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier , he shares his thoughts on topics from the missteps that shaped the recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Space Exploration

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Curator Michael Shara talks about the future of space exploration now that the space shuttle program has been ended, and discusses the exhibition “Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration,” at the American Museum of Natural History through August 12, 2012.

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The Takeaway

NASA Announces New Rocket Design

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just a few months ago, the future of NASA seemed in doubt. But the space agency announced on Wednesday a new rocket design that it says will be the centerpiece of a deep-space exploration program for decades to come. The Space Launch System could lift astronauts farther than ever before, making it eventually possible to journey to Mars.

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The Takeaway

Far Out in Space, Voyager 1 Makes Discovery

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Since it was launched in the 1970s, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is reaching the edge of the solar system, and it has made an interesting discovery. 11 billion miles from home, the particles that surround it — emanating from the sun — are no longer moving outward but sideways. The craft's long trip, which will only end when it runs into something in mostly-empty space, continues to beam back basic data homeward. Dan Andrews, an expert in planetary science especially the study of comets and asteroids at the Open University in the UK, joins us for more on Voyager 1's recent discoveries and continuing journey. 


Studio 360

Take a Trip to Space on a Tiny Balloon

Friday, October 15, 2010

This summer, Luke Geissbuhler, the cinematographer behind the mokumentary-style movie Bruno and the upcoming film The Virginity Hit, masterminded a very different kind of movie.  With nothing more than a weather balloon, an HD camera and a GPS device, Gessbuhler and his 9-year old son created a homemade spacecraft and set out to capture its journey on video. The duo encased the camera, GPS and a parachute in a foam container, tied it to the end of the balloon and released it near their home in Newburgh, New York. Hoping to view the video once the balloon fell back to earth, Geissbuhler tucked a note inside the foam container promising a reward to anyone who returned the spacecraft to its rightful creators.

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