Science

3:14am

Fri August 3, 2012
Space

NASA Rover To Explore The Red Planet

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 3:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, maybe this is going to sound crazy, but the 1990 version of "Total Recall" took Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "TOTAL RECALL")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (as Character) Welcome to the Mars Federal Colony.

INSKEEP: This weekend, by the way, NASA's rover Curiosity is heading to Mars for real. It launched at the end of last year and is set to land on Mars just after 1 a.m. Eastern time on Monday.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:34am

Thu August 2, 2012
Space

Watch NASA's Curiosity Land On Mars in Times Square; Or Boulder, Or Denver. Your Choice.

Artist's rendering of Curiosity approaching Mars.
NASA JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Rover will be touching down on the Red Planet Sunday, August 5th at 11:15 p.m. MDT. If you happen to be in Times Square you can catch mission coverage on the big screens. Closer to Colorado, maybe it's time for a pajama party.

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3:10pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Science

At Old Mine, Hopes Of Striking Gold With Dark Matter

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:54 pm

The LUX Dark Matter Detector is installed in the Davis Cavern of the Sanford Lab in South Dakota in March. The water tank measures 24 feet in diameter, is two stories high and will hold 71,600 gallons.
Matt Kapust AP

In Lead, S.D., a steel cage drops almost a mile below ground into the Sanford Underground Laboratory. It's formerly the deepest underground gold mine in North America, and when it closed a decade ago, state officials hoped that an underground science laboratory along with on-site university classes could spur economic development.

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12:00pm

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Once In A Blue Moon: August Will Bring Two Full Moons

A waxing moon in the background of a fairground attraction in London on Sunday.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

In astronomical terms, a blue moon really doesn't denote that long a time span. In fact, a blue moon happens once every 2.7 years on average.

Still, it's a special event that, at least using its modern definition, happens when there are two full moons in a single month.

Today (Aug. 1) we'll see a full-moon and that is a prelude to the blue moon of Aug. 31. As Space.com reports, the Aug. 31 moon will reach its full phase during the day.

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11:54am

Wed August 1, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Are Butterflies Two Different Animals in One? The Death And Resurrection Theory

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:29 am

Robert Krulwich NPR

Updated Aug. 2, 2012: We have added an update to this post, which you can find below the original. Click here to read it.

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