Earth & Space

Total Eclipse of the Moon

For the first time since 1638, a lunar eclipse coincides with the winter solstice. Add the Ursid meteor shower, and the tonight's sky offers a triple dose of wintry glamor.

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Neil Armstrong Begs to Differ

The distance Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled on the moon belies the immensity of their feat, as NPR correspondent Robert Krulwich discovered last week when blogging about scale in the news. In truth, the scale of their accomplishment is so off the charts, it can only fuel our fantasiesnot to mention those of Michael Bay.

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The Dragon has landed

With the successful recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule, private space exploration takes a great leap forward. But it's also a reminder of the history of private business in manned spaceflight, both real and imagined.

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