A space shuttle that has racked up an impressive list of firsts is about to add one more — it will soon become the first in NASA's fleet to be retired.Space shuttle Discovery made its debut back in 1984, with a satellite-deploying spin through space that included a congratulatory phone call to the c
You never know what you'll see on your lunch hour within a few blocks of the NPR headquarters here in D.C. Presidential motorcades make the rounds regularly, and we once saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruise by.
The International Dark-sky Association has named the English Channel Island of Sark its first dark sky island.There are billions and billions of stars in the sky, but most people in the developed world can only see a handful of them. The reason for that is light pollution.
It’s time to order up a Banana Daiquiri and cheer the memory of one of the most impressive apes in the history of scientific exploration.On January 31st 1961, a three year old chimpanzee from West Africa named Ham flew aboard a Mercury Redstone rocket and became the first ape in spa
Ronald McNair was one of the astronauts killed 25 years ago on Jan. 28, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. As his brother recalls, McNair's life was all about exploring boundaries — and exceeding them.McNair was only the second African-American to visit space.
Twenty-five years ago, an event occurred that is seared into the memory of most Americans: About a minute after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger blew apart, killing all aboard, including teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe.The day started off innocently enough.