space exploration http://tpr.org en Nasa Bends The Rules To Get Two Rovers To Mars http://tpr.org/post/nasa-bends-rules-get-two-rovers-mars Space is a premium in space. So NASA ended up folding two rovers inside a shipping container, and then unfolding them when they landed. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on June 9. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 34215 at http://tpr.org New Look At Apollo Rocks Finds Evidence Of Moon's Birth http://tpr.org/post/new-look-apollo-rocks-finds-evidence-moons-birth A new analysis of rocks collected by Apollo astronauts on the moon more than 40 years ago bolsters the leading theory of our natural satellite's origin — that it formed from a collision between a nascent Earth and another object some 4.5 billion years ago.<p>The <a href="http://www.psi.edu/epo/moon/moon.html">theory</a>, first suggested by William Hartmann and Donald Davis in 1975, goes like this: The early solar system was a lot like a demolition derby, with big chunks of rocky material careening through space and frequently colliding with one another. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33021 at http://tpr.org New Look At Apollo Rocks Finds Evidence Of Moon's Birth SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit http://tpr.org/post/spacex-unveils-sleek-new-ride-orbit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf_-g3UWQ04</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 32612 at http://tpr.org SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be http://tpr.org/post/why-jupiters-red-spot-isnt-great-it-used-be Jupiter's Great Red Spot might be, quite literally, the perfect storm: It's a swirling, anti-cyclonic vortex that's big enough to engulf three Earths and has been raging in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planet for at least 400 years.<p>Even in a backyard telescope, the Great Red Spot shows up as easily the planet's most prominent feature, sporting "a conspicuous deep red eye embedded in swirling layers of pale yellow, orange and white," as <a href="http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1410/">NASA describes it</a>.<p>But the GRS, as astronomers refer to it, has <a href="http:// Thu, 15 May 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 31789 at http://tpr.org Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be Mars Rover Takes A Break To Drill A Hole http://tpr.org/post/mars-rover-takes-break-drill-hole NASA's Curiosity rover is on an epic trip to a distant mountain, but it took a brief break Wednesday to dip its drill into the Martian soil.<p>The drilling is taking place at a place called Waypoint Kimberley. The area is a point of convergence for several different types of terrain, says <a href="http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~grotz/Grotz/Home.html">John Grotzinger</a>, the rover's project scientist. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 30933 at http://tpr.org Mars Rover Takes A Break To Drill A Hole Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts http://tpr.org/post/space-x-protest-no-bid-national-security-contracts SpaceX will launch an official protest against the Air Force for its no-bid national security launch contracts to Boeing and Lockheed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a televised press conference.<p>He said his company thought the process was "unfair" and that he wanted to shine a light on the process.<p>"As I've said, sunlight is the best disinfectant. If everything's fine, then I guess that's great," Musk said. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 editor 30677 at http://tpr.org Space X To Protest No-Bid National Security Contracts NASA Offers $35,000 For Help In Tracking Asteroids http://tpr.org/post/nasa-offers-35000-help-tracking-asteroids Cash prizes await "citizen scientists" who can improve algorithms that help NASA find and identify asteroids in our solar system, the agency says. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28049 at http://tpr.org NASA Offers $35,000 For Help In Tracking Asteroids The Source: Water On Mars http://tpr.org/post/source-water-mars <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Is there water on Mars?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be &nbsp;a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Paul Flahive 27990 at http://tpr.org The Source: Water On Mars Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' http://tpr.org/post/neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos On Sunday, Americans will have a chance to do something they haven&#8217;t done for more than 30 years: travel through the universe on TV through a show called &#8220;<a href="http://www.cosmosontv.com/?gclid=CO2o_sam_rwCFUuXOgodX3AAJQ" target="_blank">Cosmos</a>.&#8221;<p>Astrophysicist <strong>Neil deGrasse Tyson</strong> is hosting the remake of Carl Sagan&#8217;s classic science TV series. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:35:34 +0000 editor 27818 at http://tpr.org Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost http://tpr.org/post/spacex-could-give-struggling-texas-city-boost The space company SpaceX has identified a remote spot on the southern tip of Texas as its finalist for construction of the world's newest commercial orbital launch site.<p>The 50-acre site really is at the end of the road. Texas Highway 4 abruptly ends at the warm waves of the Gulf surrounded by cactus, Spanish dagger and sand dunes.<p>"Welcome to Boca Chica beach, Brownsville, Texas. It's where the U.S. really begins," says Gilberto Salinas, executive vice president of the Brownsville Economic Development Council. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:38:01 +0000 John Burnett 25951 at http://tpr.org SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost