Space

The Two-Way
4:45 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:43 pm

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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Science
6:57 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut explorer in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
Paramount Pictures Melinda Sue Gordon

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:42 am

As you may be aware, there's a hot new space movie now in theaters — Interstellar. Here's the premise: It's just a little bit in the future, conditions have become pretty horrible on Earth and some astronauts head out in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit.

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Science
5:28 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Madisonville Astronomy Professor Explains Next Week's Comet Landing

Comet 67P, taken by Rosetta space probe 18 miles away
Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

On November 12, scientists plan to send a lander form the Rosetta probe to the surface of the comet. Since early August, the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) has been 'sniffing the fumes' of 67P/C-G with its two mass spectrometers and Science Friday covered the theoretically noxious odors last week. Madisonville Community College physics and astronomy assistant professor, Dr. Aseem Talukdar, is following the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Talukdar on Sounds Good about the scientific endeavor.

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Science
1:41 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Kids Explore the Night Sky in STARLAB Experience at WKCTC

Credit starlab.com

West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Challenger Learning Center hosts a 45-minute presentation in a STARLAB portable planetarium. It's a program designed to teach kids about constellations and how the night sky changes. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Victor Taveras, a member of the physics faculty about the event and a real-life viewing following the STARLAB experience, weather depending.

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Science
3:52 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Astronaut Couple Loans Suits to Discovery Park of America

Union City's Discovery Park of America hosts two shuttle astronauts during its Space and Flight Month celebration through January. We're honored to bring you a conversation with the married astronaut couple Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson and Dr. Rhea Seddon who are loaning their suits to Discovery Park of America for the celebration, in a special dinner event next Friday (January 24).

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Good Reads
11:49 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Good Read: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

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