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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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NASA Under Trump, and ‘Permania’ in West Texas Oil and Gas: Monday’s Show (April 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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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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Baylor College of Medicine and NASA Team Up On New Space Institute

Posted on · NASA has awarded Baylor College of Medicine a grant of $246 million over six years (with the potential to expand to 12 years) to develop the NASA Translational Research Institute (NTRI), which will be the new home for the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor. The center will focus on new research and treatments for long-duration […]

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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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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 […]

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‘The Martian’ Balances Scientific Accuracy with a Compelling Story

Posted on · The new movie The Martian opens today, starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut who’s stranded on Mars. He has to resort to some pretty extreme engineering tactics to survive. The movie’s based on the novel by the same name by Andy Weir, both of which might strike a chord here in Houston, a […]

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Space City or the Silicon Bayou: Tuesday’s Show (May 5, 2015)

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George […]

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Houston Researchers Explore Effect of Space Travel on Vision

Posted on · Research has been conducted in recent years into how space flight can impact astronauts’ eyesight. It’s the focus of a new initiative launched by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. The “Vision for Mars Challenge” is meant to help identify and advance medical technologies […]

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NASA Adrift: What’s Next for the Space Program in Houston?

Posted on · Houston was once Space City – but it simply may not be anymore. As government priorities change, privatization nudges out NASA, and we hitch Russian rides to the space station, what’s Houston’s role in space? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with the Houston Chronicle “Sci Guy” Eric Berger about the future of the space program. […]

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Plans in the Works to Expand Space Center Houston

Posted on · Since 1992, Space Center Houston has served as the official Visitor Center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston features a number of exhibits and attractions, including the world’s largest collection of lunar samples. Last year, 800,000 people visited Space Center Houston, making it one of the major tourist attractions for the Greater Houston area. On this […]