Space

3:14am

Fri August 3, 2012
Space

NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, maybe this is going to sound crazy, but the 1990 version of "Total Recall" took Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TOTAL RECALL")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as Character) Welcome to the Mars Federal Colony.

INSKEEP: This weekend, by the way, NASA's rover Curiosity is heading to Mars for real. It launched at the end of last year and is set to land on Mars just after 1 a.m. Eastern time on Monday.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:34am

Thu August 2, 2012
Space

Watch NASA's Curiosity Land On Mars in Times Square; Or Boulder, Or Denver. Your Choice.

Artist's rendering of Curiosity approaching Mars.
NASA JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Rover will be touching down on the Red Planet Sunday, August 5th at 11:15 p.m. MDT. If you happen to be in Times Square you can catch mission coverage on the big screens. Closer to Colorado, maybe it's time for a pajama party.

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12:00pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Once In A Blue Moon: August Will Bring Two Full Moons

A waxing moon in the background of a fairground attraction in London on Sunday.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

In astronomical terms, a blue moon really doesn't denote that long a time span. In fact, a blue moon happens once every 2.7 years on average.

Still, it's a special event that, at least using its modern definition, happens when there are two full moons in a single month.

Today (Aug. 1) we'll see a full-moon and that is a prelude to the blue moon of Aug. 31. As Space.com reports, the Aug. 31 moon will reach its full phase during the day.

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3:04am

Tue July 31, 2012
Space

Telescope Targets Black Holes' Binges And Burps

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:45 am

The NuSTAR telescope, seen in this artist's illustration, will soon be sending back data that researchers will use to study black holes.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's newest space telescope will start searching the universe for black holes on Wednesday. Scientists hope the NuSTAR X-ray telescope, which launched about six weeks ago and is now flying about 350 miles above the Earth, will help shed some light on the mysteries of these space oddities.

Mission control for the telescope is a small room on the University of California, Berkeley, campus, where about a dozen people with headsets rarely look up from their screens.

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6:13pm

Tue July 17, 2012
Space Business

Classic Colorado Rocket To Launch Three NASA Missions

A Delta II rocket launches with a NASA satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2011.
Bill Ingalls NASA-Flickr

In a boost to the Colorado aerospace industry, NASA has just snatched up three of the five remaining Delta II rocket launchers made by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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