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Houston Matters Weekend for October 1, 2016

Posted on · NASA has quietly been taking crews of four on 713-day missions to explore an asteroid. Ok...well, not exactly. Actually, the asteroid is more like a simulated one located firmly on the ground inside a hangar at Johnson Space Center. Instead of real astronauts, the crews are made up of volunteers. And, instead of 700-day missions, […]

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It’s An Amazing World Of Discovery Up Here: NASA Kate Rubins To MD Anderson Children

Posted on ·   NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins talked to cancer kid patients at the MD Anderson Cancer Center today about space, what does it take to become an astronaut and working hard to pursue one’s dreams. Rubins, who is based at the International Space Station, was wearing the astronaut suit that several children patients co-designed and […]

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50 Years Later: How Star Trek Has Influenced Space City

Posted on · Houston Matters discusses the legacy and impact of Star Trek on Greater Houston with Matt Abbott, flight director at Johnson Space Center, and Dr. Dorit Donoviel, deputy chief scientist with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

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Star Trek’s Impact on Space City: Thursday’s Show (September 8, 2016)

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted on American television. The original television series lasted just three seasons, but a legion of fans kept Trek culture alive for a decade, leading to a series of films, which spawned a new TV series, which led to three additional series, and more movies, […]

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Simulated Space Missions Designed to Push Pseudo-Astronauts to Their Limits

Posted on · NASA has quietly been taking crews of four on 713-day missions to explore an asteroid. Ok...well, not exactly. Actually, the asteroid is more like a simulated one located firmly on the ground inside a hangar at Johnson Space Center. Instead of real astronauts, the crews are made up of volunteers. And, instead of 700-day missions, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Challenger Disaster Still Resonates at NASA 30 Years Later

Posted on · A ceremony is taking place today (Jan. 28, 2016) at Houston's Johnson Space Center marking 30 years since the disaster that destroyed the Challenger space shuttle on Jan. 28, 1986, killing astronauts Ellison Onizuka, Greg Jarvis, Judy Resnik, Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair and teacher Christa McAuliffe. One man who was at the Johnson […]