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  1. Stars Are Aligning For New Military Service Focused On Space
    President Trump has made creating a Space Force a key line in his campaign rallies. Congress is now on board due to concerns about security threats to satellites and the chance to land more jobs.
  2. With Congressional Blessing, Space Force Is Closer To Launch
    It started as a joke, as President Trump riffed on the idea last year. Now, Congress could create the first, new military service in more than 70 years.
  3. Thousands Of Tardigrades Are Stranded On The Moon After A Failed Lunar Mission
    NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Wiredwriter Daniel Oberhaus about a failed lunar mission that left a few thousand tardigrades a microscopic animal, on the moon.
  4. Amid Protests In Hawaii Against Giant Telescope, Astronomers Look To 'Plan B'
    An international consortium planning the Thirty Meter Telescope still prefers to site it atop the Big Island's Mauna Kea. But local protests may drive the project to the Canary Islands.
  5. Chile And Telescopes Are A Match Made In Heaven
    The South American country is home to the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert, places that have some of the stillest and driest air in the world. That makes them ideal for astronomy.
  6. Ask Cokie: The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11
    With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, what has the space program meant for America? NPR's Steve Inskeep and commentator Cokie Roberts take listener questions.
  7. In Alabama, Huntsville Continues To Play A Large Role In NASA's Exploration Efforts
    Huntsville, Ala., was one of the key cities that helped NASA get to the moon in 1969. Fifty years later, Huntsville still plays a big role in NASA's present and future space exploration efforts.
  8. New Telescope Promises To Revolutionize Astronomy
    A powerful telescope is taking shape in the Chilean Andes. When finished, it will repeatedly image huge swaths of the sky, searching for rare events such as merging stars and other events.
  9. Chris Kraft, Architect Of NASA's Mission Control, Dies At Age Of 95
    One of the architect's of NASA's mission control has died at age 95. Chris Kraft was one of the original employees of the space task group and the agency's first flight director.
  10. Chris Kraft, One Of The Architects Of The U.S. Space Program, Dies At 95
    Kraft was among the earliest employees of NASA and designed mission control and other components of the program. He became head of the Johnson Space Center and oversaw the birth of the space shuttle.
  11. India Launches Mission To The Moon On Its 2nd Try
    If Chandrayaan-2 reaches the moon as planned, India would become the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface, after the United States, Russia and China.
  12. As NASA's Apollo Space Program Grew, Alabama Was Pressured To Desegregate
    Hundreds of thousands of jobs were created for the Apollo space program. As the program ramped up, leaders in Huntsville, Ala., realized they needed to desegregate to attract talent.
  13. 50 Years After Apollo 11, Here's What (And How) Astronauts Are Eating
    Ever since astronaut John Glenn's first bite of applesauce in 1962, eating in space has been a challenge. NPR talks to former NASA food scientists to see how cosmic cuisine has evolved over the years.
  14. Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth
    Project Apollo spurred on a technological revolution — everything from advances in food packaging to computers. Fifty years later, we are still reaping the rewards.
  15. On Apollo 11 Anniversary, A Former Crew Member Reflects On The Lunar Trip
    Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission.
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