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  1. After 9 Years In Orbit, Kepler Telescope Leaves A Legacy Of Discovery
    NASA's Charlie Sobeck, former manager of the Kepler Space Telescope mission, discusses the monumental findings of the spacecraft and NASA's decision to retire it in orbit.
  2. Waiting For Opportunity To Get In Touch
    NASA mission managers haven't heard from the Martian rover Opportunity since June. A dust storm interfered with communication but the storm is over now and engineers hope to hear from the rover soon.
  3. Hawaii's Supreme Court OKs Construction Of Giant Telescope Despite Native Objections
    The massive telescope with a nearly 100-foot mirror is set to be built atop 13,800-foot Mauna Kea, considered sacred land by some of the project's opponents.
  4. A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Launches For Mission To Mercury
    The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. 'Brief Answers To The Big Questions' Is Stephen Hawking's Parting Gift To Humanity
    The physicist's posthumous book highlights his belief in the rationality of nature and in our ability to uncover its secrets — and a faith in science's ability to solve humanity's biggest problems.
  6. For Sale! Certified Lunar Meteorite — Weight 12 Pounds — Mileage 250,000
    Ever look at the moon and say, "Yeah, I want a piece of that"? Well, an online auction house has one for sale.
  7. U.S. And Russian Astronauts Safe Following Rocket Malfunction After Launch
    NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield about Thursday's failed launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a U.S.-Russian crew to the International Space Station.
  8. Booster On Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions, Trip To Space Delayed
    Rachel Martin talks to reporter Matthew Bodner, who's in Moscow, about crew members who were forced to abort the launch of a Soyuz rocket — abandoning a mission to the International Space Station.
  9. Rocket Headed For International Space Station Fails, Makes Emergency Landing
    Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were on board when their Soyuz MS-10's booster malfunctioned. The two made it out safely.
  10. Space Shuttle Missions Remembered During NASA's Anniversary
    NASA is celebrating an anniversary. The space agency officially opened its doors 60 years ago on Oct. 1, 1958. Franklin Chang-Diaz flew seven missions during NASA's space shuttle years.
  11. For 30 Years, Michigan Man Has Been Using Meteorite As A Doorstop
    A recent check determined that the rock that weighed more than 22 pounds was the sixth-largest meteorite found in Michigan, and could be worth as much as $1,000.00.
  12. Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon
    Scientists have detected plenty of planets outside our solar system. Now, they say, they've found the first moon circling one of them.
  13. Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid In Latest Success For International Group
    On Twitter, the craft echoed Alice in Wonderland, declaring: "And then I found myself in a place like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!"
  14. A Small Planet With Big Implications
    Astronomers have found a distant dwarf planet that appears to confirm the existence of Planet Nine, a giant planet lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system.
  15. Holly Ridings On Breaking A Glass Ceiling At NASA
    Holly Ridings, NASA's first-ever female chief flight director, weighs in on being a woman in the field with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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