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Houston Public Media & Houston First Celebrates Diversity with Juan “Tony” Castilleja, Jr.

Posted on · Houston Public Media and Houston First are paying tribute to the diversity in our region by spotlighting Houstonians from various communities in conjunction with national awareness months.

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Hate Crimes, SpaceCom and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (November 14, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. And, according to the Southern Poverty […]

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The Future of the Astrodome and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Wednesday’s Show (June 29, 2016)

Posted on · Yesterday (June 28, 2016), the Harris County Commissioners Court unveiled updated plans and cost estimates for preserving the Astrodome. The plan involves raising the dome’s floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space with air conditioning and building an underground parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says this plan […]

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

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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Scientist Extols ‘The Value of the Moon’ for Future Space Exploration

Posted on · The Lunar and Planetary Institute provides research and support to NASA here in Houston. Among its ten staff scientists is Dr. Paul Spudis, whose research is focused on the geological history and evolution of the moon. As development of the Orion spacecraft ramps up — with plans to travel beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since […]

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UH Researchers Helping NASA Prevent Astronaut Muscle Loss in Space

Posted on · NASA wants to measure astronauts’ loss of muscle strength during extended space flight, in advance of a mission to Mars. The agency awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance to carry out the research. We talk with the department’s Mitzi Laughlin about what she and other […]

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The Real Final Frontier: Sleep in Space

Posted on · Dr. Smith Johnston has one job: to help NASA astronauts go to sleep. He doesn’t use any of the typical means you or I might use – like listening to the dulcet sounds of recorded waterfalls and birds. This aerospace doctor uses precision medicine, including tight schedules and scientific development of new LEDs, to keep […]

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State Water Plan and DeLoreans: Friday’s Show (March 11, 2016)

Posted on · DeLoreans are going back into production…in Humble. The stainless-steel-bodied cars with gull-wing doors haven’t been manufactured since the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt back in 1982. But the car grew in pop cultural consciousness thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy. Now, a new company, and new owners, amid changes to some laws regulating car […]