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  1. Former Astronaut On Watching For Life-Destroying Objects From Space
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to former astronaut Ed Lu, who co-founded a planetary defense nonprofit, about a meteor that exploded with the energy of 10 atomic bombs over the Bering Sea.
  2. Do You Love Lying In Bed? Get Paid By NASA To Do It For Space Research
    Researchers are currently looking for candidates who will stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 60 straight days for a study on how the body adapts to weightlessness.
  3. Get Paid To Stay In Bed, For Space Science
    NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Jennifer Ngo-Anh of the European Space Agency about their planned study during which subjects will stay in bed for two months.
  4. Scientists Share Results From NASA's Twins Study
    During astronaut Scott Kelly's nearly year-long space flight on the International Space Station, NASA scientists measured physiological changes in him and his earthbound twin, Mark Kelly.
  5. Israeli Robotic Moon Landing Fails In Final Descent
    Israeli scientists are studying what caused an engine failure in the closing minutes of what they hoped would be a historic lunar landing.
  6. Scientists Have Taken The First Photo Of Something That's Invisible — A Black Hole
    The swirling mass around a black hole is called an "event horizon," the point of no return beyond which not even light can escape. Scientists unveiled the first image of this on Wednesday.
  7. Earth Sees First Image Of A Black Hole
    Every image you've ever seen of a black hole has been a simulation. Until now. "We have seen what we thought was unseeable," said Event Horizon Telescope Director Shep Doeleman.
  8. Juno Flies By Jupiter
    NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks NASA scientist Steven Levin about the spacecraft Juno's latest Jupiter fly-by, occurring this weekend.
  9. Japan (Very Carefully) Drops Plastic Explosives Onto An Asteroid
    The device was detonated as part of a mission to better understand the origins of planets.
  10. NASA: Debris From India's Anti-Satellite Test Raised Threat To Space Station
    "That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
  11. Young Astronomer Uses Artificial Intelligence To Discover 2 Exoplanets
    A team led by an undergraduate student at the University of Texas, Austin has found two new planets by using artificial intelligence to sift through data from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope.
  12. How A Cosmic Collision Sparked A Native American Translator's Labor Of Love
    On April 1, astronomers will start two huge machines and continue hunting for ripples in space-time. One scientist gets his mom to translate news of each discovery into her native language, Blackfoot.
  13. India Claims Successful Test Of Anti-Satellite Weapon
    New Delhi says it destroyed one of its own satellites in orbit, making India only the fourth country to test such a weapon.
  14. How The First All-Female Spacewalk Could Be Foiled By A Spacesuit
    The first all-female spacewalk was called off for want of the right-sized spacesuit. NASA has long been questioned about how its limited number of suit sizes disproportionately affects women.
  15. NASA Scraps First All-Female Spacewalk For Want Of A Medium-Size Spacesuit
    Two female astronauts were set to become the first women to spacewalk together around the International Space Station this week. But they both wear medium spacesuits, and only one was space-ready.

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