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The State of NASA, and Summer Day Camps: Tuesday’s Show (June 7, 2016)

Last week (June 2, 2016), SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told a crowd at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he anticipates a series of missions starting in 2018 that would lead up to the first manned mission to Mars in 2024. Musk will more formally announce his architecture for human missions to […]

Florian Martin, Houston Public MediaLast week (June 2, 2016), SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk told a crowd at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that he anticipates a series of missions starting in 2018 that would lead up to the first manned mission to Mars in 2024. Musk will more formally announce his architecture for human missions to Mars in September.

With companies like SpaceX actively pursuing not just future low earth orbital flights, but also pressing forward with plans for exploration of our solar system, will they work with or against NASA? And what does it all mean for Johnson Space Center and Houston?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Ellen Ochoa, a former astronaut and current director of the Johnson Space Center, about the state of NASA and the future of manned spaceflight — and its connection to Houston.

Jack Williams Exit Interview

Also this hour, after 16 years, News 88.7’s News Director and local All Things Considered host Jack Williams is leaving Houston Public Media. We sit down with him for an exit interview about how the realm of radio news in Houston has changed over the years and how the business in general has changed since he got his start in 1994.

Summer Day Camps

School is out for the summer for most of Greater Houston, and many kids will attend summer day camps in the coming weeks and months. That’s nothing new. But the number and variety of day camps available in the area has grown greatly just in the past decade, according to Sarah Gish. Since 2003, she’s curated a printed – and now online – guide to Houston-area day camps called The Summer Book. She tells Michael Hagerty about the changes she’s seen in day camps over the years and what parents can do to make sure their child gets the most out of their experience.

Houston’s New Master Sommelier

It’s been called one of the world’s hardest exams. That is, to become a Master Sommelier. It’s the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service. David Keck, general manager and wine director at Camerata at Paulie’s, recently earned that distinction. He tells Maggie Martin how he came to be so passionate about his profession.

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