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Cockroaches that ate Apollo 11's moon dust are up for sale. NASA ain't happy about it

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2022 08:04:36 -0400

Desc: NASA is trying to prevent an auction house from selling an unusual mixture of space memorabilia.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/26/1107691933/cockroaches-that-ate-apollo-11s-moon-dust-are-up-for-sale-nasa-aint-happy-about-

Source: Elissa Nadworny

NASA is trying to prevent an auction house from selling an unusual mixture of space memorabilia.

Cockroaches that ate Apollo 11's moon dust are up for sale. NASA ain't happy about it


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Canada aims to provide medical technologies for deep space exploration

Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 05:10:28 -0400

Desc: Twenty teams in Canada received small grants to develop portable medical tools that could be used on long interplanetary space flights. They could also be useful in remote parts of Canada.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/1105451232/canada-aims-to-provide-medical-technologies-for-deep-space-exploration

Source: Joe Palca

Twenty teams in Canada received small grants to develop portable medical tools that could be used on long interplanetary space flights. They could also be useful in remote parts of Canada.

Canada aims to provide medical technologies for deep space exploration


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A new report finds 'shortfalls' in how Trump decided to move U.S. Space Command

Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 17:31:08 -0400

Desc: President Trump moved U.S. Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama. The Government Accountability Office now says the decision had "significant shortfalls."

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/13/1104685547/a-new-report-finds-shortfalls-in-how-trump-decided-to-move-u-s-space-command

Source: Dan Boyce

President Trump moved U.S. Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama. The Government Accountability Office now says the decision had "significant shortfalls."

A new report finds 'shortfalls' in how Trump decided to move U.S. Space Command


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A strawberry supermoon will rise on Tuesday. Here's how to watch

Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:00:13 -0400

Desc: June's full moon gets its nickname from the strawberry harvesting season in the Northeastern U.S. It also happens to be at its closest distance to Earth in its orbit, which makes it a supermoon.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/13/1104547804/strawberry-supermoon-tuesday-june-full-moon

Source: Rachel Treisman

A supermoon rises over Washington, D.C., in November 2016. After this week

June's full moon gets its nickname from the strawberry harvesting season in the Northeastern U.S. It also happens to be at its closest distance to Earth in its orbit, which makes it a supermoon.

(Image credit: Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images)

A strawberry supermoon will rise on Tuesday. Here's how to watch


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The Mars Perseverance Rover has a pet rock

Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 07:11:00 -0400

Desc: A few months ago, a rock the size of a potato got stuck in the Rover's front left wheel and has been along for the ride for more than five miles.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/08/1103652938/the-mars-perseverance-rover-has-a-pet-rock

Source:

A few months ago, a rock the size of a potato got stuck in the Rover's front left wheel and has been along for the ride for more than five miles.

The Mars Perseverance Rover has a pet rock


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Grab your binoculars: 5 planets are lined up nicely for you to see at dawn this month

Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2022 14:15:48 -0400

Desc: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be sequentially aligned and visible at dawn throughout June. The last time this happened was in 2004.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/03/1102919502/watch-planetary-alignment-june-planets

Source: Rina Torchinsky

An illustration of the view at dawn on June 3 and 4.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be sequentially aligned and visible at dawn throughout June. The last time this happened was in 2004.

(Image credit: Sky & Telescope illustration)

Grab your binoculars: 5 planets are lined up nicely for you to see at dawn this month


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Marcia Belsky: That time when NASA (almost) sent Sally Ride to space with 100 tampons

Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2022 09:24:00 -0400

Desc: Ahead of her 1983 space flight, NASA suggested sending astronaut Sally Ride with 100 tampons for the week-long trip. (That's too many.) In 2020, comedian Marcia Belsky sang a song about it.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/03/1102635355/marcia-belsky-that-time-when-nasa-almost-sent-sally-ride-to-space-with-100-tampo

Source: Katie Monteleone

Marcia Belsky performs at SESSION 2 at TEDWomen 2021: What Now? December 1-3, 2021, Palm Springs, California. Photo: Gilberto Tadday / TED

Ahead of her 1983 space flight, NASA suggested sending astronaut Sally Ride with 100 tampons for the week-long trip. (That's too many.) In 2020, comedian Marcia Belsky sang a song about it.

(Image credit: Gilberto Tadday/Gilberto Tadday / TED )

Marcia Belsky: That time when NASA (almost) sent Sally Ride to space with 100 tampons


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NASA has been studying a planet called 55 Cancri e

Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2022 06:32:00 -0400

Desc: The planet is sort of Earth-like but much closer to its star. It has temperatures hot enough to melt and vaporize rocks — and possibly oceans of lava with clouds that rain molten rock.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/01/1102335409/nasa-has-been-studying-a-planet-called-55-cancri-e

Source:

The planet is sort of Earth-like but much closer to its star. It has temperatures hot enough to melt and vaporize rocks — and possibly oceans of lava with clouds that rain molten rock.

NASA has been studying a planet called 55 Cancri e


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There's a chance of a meteor shower Monday night

Date: Mon, 30 May 2022 17:28:49 -0400

Desc: Those in North America have the best shot at seeing the shower at about 1 a.m. on the East Coast or 10 p.m. on the West Coast.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/30/1102057733/meteor-shower-possible-monday-night

Source: Rina Torchinsky

In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 11, 2021 in Spruce Knob, W.Va.

Those in North America have the best shot at seeing the shower at about 1 a.m. on the East Coast or 10 p.m. on the West Coast.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

There's a chance of a meteor shower Monday night


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What does a black hole sound like? NASA has an answer

Date: Sat, 28 May 2022 08:20:41 -0400

Desc: NASA began "sonifying" its famous photos of outer space to help people who are visually impaired enjoy the images. Recently, it recreated the sound of a black hole 240 million light-years away.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/28/1101763397/black-hole-sound-nasa

Source: Matthew Schuerman

A bounty of black holes surround the Sagittarius A supermassive black hole which lies at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.

NASA began "sonifying" its famous photos of outer space to help people who are visually impaired enjoy the images. Recently, it recreated the sound of a black hole 240 million light-years away.

(Image credit: NASA/CXC/Columbia Univ./C. Hailey et al.)

What does a black hole sound like? NASA has an answer


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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has technical problems

Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 05:11:33 -0400

Desc: Scientists and engineers are troubleshooting from 14 billion miles away, with a delay of 20-plus hours each way — trying to fix an antenna control system built 45 years ago.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/26/1101423600/nasas-voyager-1-spacecraft-has-technical-problems

Source:

Scientists and engineers are troubleshooting from 14 billion miles away, with a delay of 20-plus hours each way — trying to fix an antenna control system built 45 years ago.

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has technical problems


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Parachutes for spacecraft are challenging to design and worrisome to engineers

Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 16:35:28 -0400

Desc: Boeing's Starliner capsule is to return to Earth after a stay at the Space Station as part of a test mission before it flies astronauts. The parachutes are among the systems engineers are monitoring.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/24/1101040178/parachutes-for-spacecraft-are-challenging-to-design-and-worrisome-to-engineers

Source: Brendan Byrne

Boeing's Starliner capsule is to return to Earth after a stay at the Space Station as part of a test mission before it flies astronauts. The parachutes are among the systems engineers are monitoring.

Parachutes for spacecraft are challenging to design and worrisome to engineers


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Russia's war in Ukraine is threatening an outpost of cooperation in space

Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:01:21 -0400

Desc: For decades, U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have lived side-by-side aboard the International Space Station. Now some are wondering whether that partnership can withstand the war in Ukraine.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/23/1098348347/russias-war-in-ukraine-is-threatening-an-outpost-of-cooperation-in-space

Source: Geoff Brumfiel

The International Space Station depends on a mix of U.S. and Russian parts. "I hope we can hold it together as long as we can," says former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.

For decades, U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have lived side-by-side aboard the International Space Station. Now some are wondering whether that partnership can withstand the war in Ukraine.

(Image credit: NASA)

Russia's war in Ukraine is threatening an outpost of cooperation in space


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Boeing finally docks a capsule to the space station

Date: Sat, 21 May 2022 08:50:44 -0400

Desc: With only a test dummy aboard, Boeing's astronaut capsule pulled up and parked at the International Space Station for the first time, a huge achievement for the company after years of false starts.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/21/1100534373/boeing-docks-space-station-iss

Source: The Associated Press

The Boeing Starliner prepares to dock at the International Space Station on Friday.

With only a test dummy aboard, Boeing's astronaut capsule pulled up and parked at the International Space Station for the first time, a huge achievement for the company after years of false starts.

(Image credit: NASA via AP)

Boeing finally docks a capsule to the space station


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Boeing will try again to launch Starliner after its previous attempt was scrubbed

Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 05:11:53 -0400

Desc: Boeing hopes to launch its Starliner capsule to the International Space Station. If this test is successful, Boeing hopes to begin sending humans to the space station this fall.

Guid: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/19/1099997274/boeing-will-try-again-to-launch-starliner-after-its-previous-attempt-was-scrubbe

Source: Brendan Byrne

Boeing hopes to launch its Starliner capsule to the International Space Station. If this test is successful, Boeing hopes to begin sending humans to the space station this fall.

Boeing will try again to launch Starliner after its previous attempt was scrubbed


 

 

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