Space http://nhpr.org en Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update http://nhpr.org/post/sky-guys-astronomy-update <p>We’ll check in about the latest from the International Space Station, talk about new planet finds by NASA, and look ahead to some highlights coming up to watch out for in the night sky.</p><p><strong>GUEST</strong><strong>S:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 44878 at http://nhpr.org Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update Five Billion Years Of Solitude http://nhpr.org/post/five-billion-years-solitude <p>In his <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-billion-years-of-solitude-the-search-for-life-among-the-stars-by-lee-billings/2013/11/15/9f38892c-3684-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story.html" target="_blank">Washington Post review</a> of Lee Billings book, <em>Five Billion Years of Solitude</em>, astronomer Mike Brown compressed the age of the earth into a human lifetime.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42246 at http://nhpr.org Five Billion Years Of Solitude The Man Who Owns The Moon...Maybe http://nhpr.org/post/man-who-owns-moonmaybe <p><strong>Dennis M. Hope</strong> claims to own the moon.&nbsp; He's been taking advantage of an obscure international treaty loophole since 1980, selling off lunar&nbsp;property, and declaring himself owner of the<a href="http://www.lunarembassy.com/"> Lunar Embassy</a>, and President of the Galactic Government.&nbsp; Sound like a joke?&nbsp; It's not. It's just business.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:09:59 +0000 Taylor Quimby 25730 at http://nhpr.org The Man Who Owns The Moon...Maybe Lunar Conservation: Protecting America's Archeological History On The Moon http://nhpr.org/post/lunar-conservation-protecting-americas-archeological-history-moon <p>China’s lunar rover, <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/03/cool-photos-while-chinas-jade-rabbit-sleeps-nasa-watches-overhead/" target="_blank">Jade Rabbit</a>, landed on the moon to study the satellite’s terrain, geology, and lava flows. What else might it find? Dirty laundry, golf balls, bags of human waste, and an American flag.&nbsp; There are loads of items left on the moon by NASA’s Apollo missions -- still perfectly preserved because the moon lacks a destructive atmosphere. With a handful of countries announcing plans for future lunar missions, a number of scientists are arguing that <a href="http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/03/cool-photos-while-chinas-jade-rabbit-sleeps-nasa-watches-overhead/" target="_blank">moon trash is an archeological treasure that should be preserved and studied by future generations.</a> But with no laws or lunar governing body to protect, say, the first footprint on the moon, some worry that America’s lunar heritage could be destroyed by a new generation of explorers rushing to reach the moon. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:59:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41311 at http://nhpr.org Lunar Conservation: Protecting America's Archeological History On The Moon Balloons...In...Space! http://nhpr.org/post/balloonsinspace <p>And now for a project that sounds more like something from a Pixar movie than the next big thing in space exploration…the <a href="http://arxiv.org/pdf/1205.2957v1.pdf" target="_blank">High Altitude Lensing Observatory</a>, or HALO, could be the Hubble telescope’s successor in deep space imaging – but instead of orbiting earth from space, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/the-next-big-thing-for-exploring-the-distant-universe-balloons/277509/" target="_blank">scientists are hoping</a> to hang this giant telescope from a great…big…balloon.</p><p>One of the scientists working on the project is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Massey" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Richard Massey</strong></a>, an astronomer at The Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:24:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31393 at http://nhpr.org Balloons...In...Space! An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys http://nhpr.org/post/astronomy-update-sky-guys <p>Our sky guys join us with the latest news on space - starting with how the shutdown affected our monitoring programs. We also talk about the Orionid meteor showers, two missions to Mars, and a new iPhone app for checking the location of spy satellites.</p><p></p><p> <strong><u>GUEST:</u></strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 37009 at http://nhpr.org An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys Diary Of A Space Zucchini: An Astronaut Imagines His Vegetable's Voice http://nhpr.org/post/diary-space-zucchini-astronaut-imagines-his-vegetables-voice <p>NASA’s <strong>Don Pettit</strong> has been back from his last mission aboard the International Space Station for over a year, but his blog “<a href="http://blogs.airspacemag.com/pettit/">Letters to Earth</a>” remains one of the most fascinating and profound windows into the creative and emotional life of an astronaut.&nbsp; While in space he penned and published poetry, <a href="http://blogs.nasa.gov/letters/2012/06/27/post_1340836750669/">An Astronaut’s Guide to Space Etiquette</a>, and the series, “Diary of a Space Zucchini”, which detailed life on the ISS from the unusual perspective of Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:03:08 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Sean Hurley 35057 at http://nhpr.org Diary Of A Space Zucchini: An Astronaut Imagines His Vegetable's Voice Farming...In Space! http://nhpr.org/post/farmingin-space <p>If you think there are too many food deserts in cities across the United States, try finding some fresh produce in outer space.&nbsp; Naturally, NASA makes sure astronauts living on the International Space Station don’t go hungry, but since it costs about $10,000 to send a single pound of food to the I.S.S., you can bet they don’t see a lot of leafy greens.</p><p>That cost is just one reason growing fresh food in outer space is a crucial step in the future of manned space exploration.&nbsp; <strong>Jesse Hirsch</strong> is a staff writer for Modern Farmer, where you can find his article, <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2013/09/starship-salad-bar/">“Space Farming: The Final Frontier”.&nbsp; </a></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:15:04 +0000 Taylor Quimby 35039 at http://nhpr.org Farming...In Space! NASA's Simulates Asteroid Impacts Using A Really Big Gun http://nhpr.org/post/nasas-simulates-asteroid-impacts-using-really-big-gun <p></p><p>There are some ways NASA can learn about deep space without sending anyone – or anything – into orbit.&nbsp; For example, scientists are studying meteorite impacts by recreating them here on earth at the <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/multimedia/images/2005/comets1.html">NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range</a>… the gun shoots projectiles up to fifteen thousand miles per hour into materials designed to simulate the surface of the moon, Mars, and even asteroids. Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> spoke with A<strong>dam Mann</strong>, an astronomy and physics reporter for Wired, <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/a-scientist-and-his-gun/">who visited the Ames facility to see the gun in action. </a> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:31:47 +0000 Zach Nugent 34058 at http://nhpr.org NASA's Simulates Asteroid Impacts Using A Really Big Gun NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts http://nhpr.org/post/nasa-test-effects-space-travel-twin-astronauts <p>Astronauts &nbsp;Mark and Scott Kelly are the only siblings who have both traveled in space. The fact that they are identical twins makes them unique test subjects for a new scientific experiment being conducted by NASA to study the effects of long term space travel on the human body.</p><p><strong>Jacob Aron </strong>is a technology reporter for New Scientist and creator of the website, “Just a Theory.” He <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23999-astronaut-twins-could-reveal-genetics-of-space-health.html#.Uh-MAX8iySo">wrote about the Kelly brothers</a> “Twin Mission” in the latest issue of New Scientist magazine.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:14:23 +0000 Logan Shannon 34056 at http://nhpr.org NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts Your Space Forecast For The Day http://nhpr.org/post/your-space-forecast-day <p>Dan Colgan gave us an update on today's space weather.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:16:13 +0000 Dan Colgan 32357 at http://nhpr.org Your Space Forecast For The Day One Of These Space Weather Events Is Not Like The Others http://nhpr.org/post/one-these-space-weather-events-not-others <p>As we<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/space-weather-could-be-coming-forecast-near-you"> learned from Joe Hanson</a>, space weather can be an amazing thing. As receiving real-time space weather forecasts is becoming more of a reality, it would be good to familiarize yourself with some of the weather events you can expect to see. We’ve compiled a list to test your space weather knowledge. All of these events sound fantastic and have been the fodder for many a Sci-Fi plot, but do you know which one of these 4 space weather events isn’t real?</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:57:07 +0000 Molly Donahue 32349 at http://nhpr.org One Of These Space Weather Events Is Not Like The Others Space Weather Could Be Coming To A Forecast Near You http://nhpr.org/post/space-weather-could-be-coming-forecast-near-you <p>It’s summer storm season, and before heading out of the house it’s not a bad idea to take a quick glance at your local Doppler Radar to avoid getting caught in a downpour.&nbsp; The breadth and scope of weather forecasting <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA_SDO">has advanced rapidly </a>in the past few decades – now, the United Kingdom’s National Weather Service is partnering with <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/multimedia/gallery/gallery-index.html">NASA</a> and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to <a href="http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/">begin providing forecasts of space weather</a> in near real-time. We wanted to get a better idea of what a space forecast might sound like, so we called <strong>Joe Hanson -</strong> host and writer of the PBS digital studio’s <em><a href="http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/">It’s Okay To Be Smart</a>.</em></p><p><em> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:55:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32280 at http://nhpr.org Space Weather Could Be Coming To A Forecast Near You Commercial Spaceport Is Being Threatened By History http://nhpr.org/post/commercial-spaceport-being-threatened-history <p>Florida’s Aerospace Economic Development Agency is making plans to build a new commercial spaceport not far from the Kennedy Space Center – home of NASA’s now retired shuttle program. There’s just one problem: the land is already occupied.&nbsp; To learn more, producer <strong>Taylor Quimby</strong> caught up with Tampa Bay Times reporter <strong>Craig Pittman</strong> – <a href="http://preps.tampabay.com/news/environment/archaeological-site-could-sink-commercial-spaceport-location/2129961">who wrote about Space Florida’s proposal </a>to build on top of an &nbsp;18<sup>th</sup> century sugar factory and archaeological site called the Elliott Plantation.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:48:50 +0000 Taylor Quimby 31465 at http://nhpr.org Commercial Spaceport Is Being Threatened By History Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-05042013 <p>In this special edition of Word of Mouth: are we catching up with technology? This week we'll explore the very human way we interact with technology; resistance is futile.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26795 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013