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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 […]

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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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