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China Lands On Mars In Major Advance For Its Space Ambitions

May 15th 2021 at 05:36
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center celebrate after China

China's rover will explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. An American rover and tiny helicopter are also currently on the planet. They arrived in February.

(Image credit: Jin Liwang/AP)

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Freshly Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor

May 13th 2021 at 14:00
Scientists believe some heavy elements are forged when a massive star goes through its death throes and explodes as a supernova. Here, Kepler

Something went boom in outer space and sent radioactive stardust our way, and it's just been found at the bottom of the ocean.

(Image credit: NASA/ESA/Johns Hopkins University/NASA )

China Says Most Rocket Debris Burned Up During Reentry

May 9th 2021 at 01:50
in this April 29, 2021, file photo released by China

China's official Xinhua News Agency said the rocket's reentry occurred at 7:24 p.m. local time Saturday above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

(Image credit: Ju Zhenhua/AP)

Debris From Chinese Rocket Expected To Land On Earth This Weekend

May 8th 2021 at 08:05

A large Chinese rocket will drop out of orbit on Saturday, but it will be what is uncontrolled re-entry. Or to put it another way, no one can say for certain exactly where it will land.

Chinese Rocket Set To Fall Back To Earth Soon, But No One Is Sure Where

May 7th 2021 at 16:21

A Chinese rocket which launched a new space station last week is tumbling out of control. The 24-ton rocket is expected to reenter earth's atmosphere this weekend β€” but no one is exactly sure where.

What Goes Up Must Come Down β€” Including A Giant Chinese Rocket Plunging Toward Earth

May 6th 2021 at 23:06

U.S. Space Command says the exact entry point into Earth's atmosphere cannot be pinpointed until hours before its reentry, which is expected sometime around Saturday.

(Image credit: Guo Wenbin/AP)

Smithsonian's National Air And Space Museum Will Display X-Wing Starfighter

May 5th 2021 at 05:59

The Starfighter, with a wingspan of 37 feet, appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and is on loan from Lucasfilm. It will be displayed in the newly renovated building late next year.

4 Astronauts Splash Down In SpaceX Dragon Capsule After 6 Months In Orbit

May 2nd 2021 at 03:09
NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (left), Victor Glover, and Mike Hopkins, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after landing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Fla., on Sunday.

The astronauts returned from the International Space Station after their spacecraft, Resilience, set a new record for the longest spaceflight by a U.S. space capsule that carried a crew.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/AP)

NASA Makes New Plans For Ingenuity Helicopter On Mars

May 1st 2021 at 18:47
In this concept illustration provided by NASA, NASA

NASA announced Friday that it would be increasing operational testing on its Ingenuity helicopter following four successful test flights off the surface of Mars.

(Image credit: NASA/Getty Images)

Remembering Astronaut Michael Collins

May 1st 2021 at 08:00

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who appeared on this program two years ago.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

April 30th 2021 at 13:43

Collins, who died April 27, orbited in Apollo 11 while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic moon walk. Speaking to Fresh Air in 1988, he described his solo orbit as "completely serene."

Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut, Dies At 90

April 29th 2021 at 05:01

Collins flew on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission in 1969. As command module pilot, he didn't step on the moon but orbited 60 miles above as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Dies

April 28th 2021 at 12:12
Collins studies the flight plan during simulation training at the Kennedy Space Center before the scheduled Apollo 11 mission.

Collins was the crew member who stayed in orbit on the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Later he oversaw building of the National Air and Space Museum.

(Image credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

What Do You Call A Group Of Black Holes In The Cosmos?

April 26th 2021 at 05:53

NASA crowdsourced that question on Twitter as part of a newly coined "black hole week." And the suggestions rolled in. Astronomers have found dozens of black holes looming around a cluster of stars.

Tight Quarters Aboard The Space Station As SpaceX Capsule Delivers 4 New Arrivals

April 24th 2021 at 12:06
In this image provided by NASA, SpaceX astronauts are greeted by those already aboard the International Space Station after the Dragon capsule successfully docked on Saturday. Their arrival brings the total number of astronauts on the station to a recent high of 11.

It's the third flight of the Crew Dragon capsule since last May, and the first time an American capsule has been reused in decades. There are now more astronauts than beds on the space station.

(Image credit: NASA via AP)

SpaceX Rocket Launches With Astronauts Aboard

April 23rd 2021 at 06:11
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon space capsule lifts off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Friday.

The company's third crewed spacecraft took off from Florida early Friday.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

Out Of Thin Air: NASA Rover Makes Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere

April 22nd 2021 at 11:33
Technicians at NASA

Fresh off the first powered flight on another world, NASA's Mars 2020 mission has managed another key first that could pave the way for future astronauts.

(Image credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech)

International Space Station Is About To Get Crowded, And It's Running Out Of Beds

April 22nd 2021 at 05:04
The International Space Station is larger than a football field. But with 11 people soon to be aboard, there aren

Four astronauts are set to launch to the space station Friday. When they arrive, the new crew of 11 will be the largest since the shuttle program, and there aren't enough sleeping pods for them all.

(Image credit: Courtesy NASA)

Step Inside This New Mexico House And Enter Deep Space

April 20th 2021 at 07:00

Marten Griego has put his special house up for sale. When you step inside, you'll see lots of custom art, including a wall he painted to look like the edge of a cave with a view of outer space.