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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 6th, 2013

Last week, a new class of eight astronauts-in-training reported to Johnson Space Center to begin two years of training. But training for what, exactly? The shuttle program’s retired – in fact, while the astronauts train, a space shuttle replica currently on display at Space Center Houston will be joined by the shuttle carrier aircraft to […]

Johnson Space Center’s Control Room (Image by Victor Palomares)

Last week, a new class of eight astronauts-in-training reported to Johnson Space Center to begin two years of training. But training for what, exactly? The shuttle program’s retired – in fact, while the astronauts train, a space shuttle replica currently on display at Space Center Houston will be joined by the shuttle carrier aircraft to form a permanent, six story high walk-through exhibit opening in 2015. It’s an interesting contrast: new astronauts in training, and a mothballed shuttle program on display – both here, in Space City. But what does it mean to be Space City when America’s future of space exploration is so cloudy? What will Houston’s role be in the future of space travel?

On this edition of Houston Matters we’ll see where Space City is going when space doesn’t have as clear a future as it once had. Also, we look at charter schools, what are they and why have they been a hot political topic this 83rd legislative session. Not to mention we’ll find out why a University of Houston student started his own tailgating group and what’s going to be happening with the Houston Texans this season.

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