NASA’s James Webb telescope completes final unfolding in space : NPR

Technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in April 2017. On Saturday, the telescope completed its final deployment in space. Laura Betz/AP hide caption toggle caption Laura Betz/AP Technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a … Read more

A broken toilet on SpaceX capsule means astronauts will return to Earth in diapers : NPR

The Crew Dragon space capsule astronauts, from front left, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. John Raoux/AP hide caption toggle caption John Raoux/AP The Crew Dragon space capsule astronauts, from front left, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA … Read more

Russell Lewis will become Supervising Editor for Planning/Breaking News : NPR Extra : NPR

Lewis in Nepal, after the 2015 earthquake, recording the sounds of clean-up at Monkey Temple in Kathmandu. Kirk Siegler / NPR hide caption toggle caption Kirk Siegler / NPR Lewis in Nepal, after the 2015 earthquake, recording the sounds of clean-up at Monkey Temple in Kathmandu. Kirk Siegler / NPR In a note to newsroom … Read more

A new interstellar probe could take NASA deeper into space than ever before : NPR

The Voyager spacecraft have ventured far outside our solar system. Now a team of scientists are hoping to take the next interstellar mission even farther. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption toggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech The Voyager spacecraft have ventured far outside our solar system. Now a team of scientists are hoping to take the next interstellar mission even … Read more

Hear the sounds of Mars with NASA’s interactive tool : NPR

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover took this image of the surface of Mars on Jun. 15, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU hide caption toggle caption NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover took this image of the surface of Mars on Jun. 15, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU If you hear one new thing today, how about making it the sound of wind on … Read more

NASA’s asteroid hunter Lucy soars into the sky : NPR

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Lucy spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Fla. John Raoux/AP hide caption toggle caption John Raoux/AP A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Lucy spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 41 … Read more

A new crew docks at China’s first permanent space station : NPR

A screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing on Saturday shows Chinese astronauts Ye Guangfu (from left), Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping waving after entering the Chinese space station. Tian Dingyu/Xinhua via AP hide caption toggle caption Tian Dingyu/Xinhua via AP A screen image captured at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing … Read more

Landscape artist unveils a giant portrait of NASA pioneer Stephanie Wilson : NPR

Artist Stan Herd’s portrait of NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson on display in Atlanta is 70 feet by 90 feet. John Zarr/Earthworks hide caption toggle caption John Zarr/Earthworks Artist Stan Herd’s portrait of NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson on display in Atlanta is 70 feet by 90 feet. John Zarr/Earthworks Stan Herd is known for giant works … Read more

William Shatner set to travel to space in Blue Origin rocket : NPR

Canadian actor William Shatner, who became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, speaks from the stage at the second edition of the multi-genre entertainment comic and fan convention ‘Comic Con Africa’ in Johannesburg on September 21, 2019. MICHELE SPATARI / AFP via Getty Images hide … Read more

Space is opening up for people who are rich or famous, like William Shatner : NPR

Space companies like Blue Origin are grabbing headlines with the promise of a new era of space tourism, mostly recently with the plan to send William Shatner to the edge of space. But unless you’re lucky, space is still out of reach for most of the public. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe … Read more