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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA rover streaked through the orange Martian sky and landed on the planet Thursday, accomplishing the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on Mars.

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Updated 11/23/20, 12:06 p.m.

WENCHANG, China — China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon's surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company.

The Falcon rocket thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Center with three Americans and one Japanese, the second crew to be launched by SpaceX. The Dragon capsule on top — named Resilience by its crew in light of this year’s many challenges, most notably COVID-19 — was due to reach the space station late Monday and remain there until spring.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts suited up Saturday for a history-making launch into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Boeing's new Starliner capsule ended up in the wrong orbit after lifting off on its first test flight Friday, a blow to the company's effort to launch astronauts for NASA next year.


Local startup gets funding from NASA, Air Force; Hawaii Energy helps nonprofits go green; Hawaii's GOP stands by Trump; Ag Conference wants to grow students

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NASA is sending a drone to explore Saturn's largest moon.The space agency said Thursday the Dragonfly mission will fly over Titan, exploring different locations on the icy moon to study whether it can support microbial life.



NEW YORK — You've heard about the International Space Station for years. Want to visit? NASA announced Friday that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year.


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Two years ago, we reported on a new island in the South Pacific that reminded scientists at NASA of volcanoes on Mars. One of those scientists got an unexpected chance to visit in person and found the four-year-old island teeming with life.

The Conversation: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

FEMA’s Wireless Alert System; Local Scientist Selected for NASA Mission; ADA Compliant Websites; Pianist Joyce Yang

The Conversation: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

Jones Act Waiver; STEM in Space; Japanese Puppetry

Bytemarks Café: Project Imua's Third Mission

Aug 29, 2017
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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll catch up with Hawaiʻi’s Project Imua who recently launched their third mission from NASA’s Flight Facility in Virginia. We’ll find out what lessons were learned on this project to send a payload carrying data collecting experiments into space. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planet viewing, we also hear about the end of a well-known NASA mission in the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

The Conversation: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Sep 6, 2016
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First Nations and Conservation; Life on Mars; Skirting Affordable Housing Regulations; Neal Conan

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

May 4, 2016
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The Long View; 2016 NASA Space App Challenge; Standardized Testing in Hawaii; Oiwi Film Festival

Long View: Neal Milner

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We’ve got the ISS and a few plants to look for, as well as learning about a discovery on the Mauna Kea summit relating to dead galaxies, plus we celebrate the Red Planet bearing aqua, as HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.             

We’ll hear where to look for passing planets in our Aloha State skies, and we find out how several of the observatories on the Mauna Kea summit are providing crucial assistance in the NASA mission to Pluto as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.


Astronomy in Hawai’i generates more than 88 million dollars in revenue for all 4 counties.   That, according to UH Economic Research Organization.   Now, the state also has an opportunity to pioneer in the next generation of space communications technology.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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We’ve got a few sunset /evening timed planets to look for, plus we get a preview of some of the big space-related stories we can expect to learn more about this year as HPR All Things Considered Local Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Learn more about two of the events for 2015 that Christopher previews today:

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We have no less than three planets to try and spot in our evening island skies, and, we learn about a claim by another country’s space program that they discovered microbes living in outer space, as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Local team wins NASA's CanSat Competition

Jul 10, 2013

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Eric Nakagawa back from San Francisco, to tell us about some of this latest projects. Finally we'll talk to the team at Kapiolani Community College who won the NASA CanSat competition for sending a payload into space and bringing it safely back to earth.  That's today at 5pm on HPR2.