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Former Astronaut Leland Melvin Talks Football and STEM Education

Posted on · Leland Melvin has an impressive resume: astronaut, engineer, football player and TV host. He’s flown on two space shuttle missions, was drafted by the Detroit Lions, and hosted a show on the Lifetime network called Child Genius. But he might be best known for his 2009 NASA portrait, where he appeared in his orange space […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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50 Years Later: How the Apollo One Tragedy Changed NASA

Posted on · Today (Jan. 27, 2017) marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo One fire. Three astronauts died when a flash fire occurred during a launchpad test of the command module, which would’ve been used in the first manned mission of the Apollo program. The accident took the lives of Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward […]

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Apollo One 50th Anniversary: Friday’s Show (January 27, 2017)

Posted on · Today (Jan. 27, 2017) marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo One fire. Three astronauts died when a flash fire occurred during a launchpad test of the command module, which would’ve been used in the first manned mission of the Apollo program. The accident took the lives of Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward […]

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Johnson Space Center Director Discusses the State of NASA in Houston

Posted on · 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 […]

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The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on · Rich Clifford is a former astronaut who’s logged more than 12 hours of spacewalk time over three shuttle missions during the 1990s. And while that’s impressive enough, it might impress you even more to know he conducted one of those spacewalks while carrying a secret he kept from all but one of his crewmates. His […]

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Senator Cornyn Proposes More Space Flight Bill for NASA

Posted on · Recently, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, buoyed by the excitement surrounding Commander Scott Kelly’s return to Earth after spending a year aboard the International Space Station, introduced the Mapping a New and Innovative Focus on our Exploration Strategy (MANIFEST) for Human Spaceflight Act. The bill would require NASA to develop plans for the future […]

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The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on · Rich Clifford is a former astronaut who’s logged more than 12 hours of spacewalk time over three shuttle missions during the 1990s. And while that’s impressive enough, it might impress you even more to know he conducted one of those spacewalks while carrying a secret he kept from all but one of his crewmates. His […]

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Conference Discusses Encouraging More Women to Pursue STEM Careers

Posted on · ASQ’s Quality Education Conference and Workshop takes place this weekend in Memorial City. Attendees will discuss how to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math) by inspiring more school-aged girls to pursue interests in those subjects. We learn more from former astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber.

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‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Portrays A Different Perspective of the Early Space Program

Posted on · This summer, ABC is running a ten-part series called The Astronaut Wives Club, based on the non-fiction book by the same name by Lily Koppel. The series tells the stories of the early days of the US space program through the eyes of the wives of the astronauts in NASA’s Mercury program. Houston plays a […]

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Staying Grounded: Astronaut Adjusts to Life Post-NASA

Posted on · Nearly 50 women have flown with NASA since Sally Ride’s first mission in space in 1983. Astronaut Nicole Stott is one of them. A few weeks ago, after almost 30 years with the space agency, Stott retired to become a full-time artist and advocate for STEAM education. Stott began her career at Kennedy Space Center […]

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100 Year Starship: Making Sure Human Space Travel Becomes a Reality

Posted on · The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to make sure progress continues toward human interstellar space travel. Its annual public symposium begins Thursday, and continues through the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. One of the key figures behind the initiative is Dr. Mae Jemison. She’s a former astronaut — the first African-American woman in space — as well as […]