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NASA and Congress and the Journey to Mars

5 years ago by Dianna Wray
NASA officials have been talking about sending astronauts to Mars for decades, but recently NASA upped the ante and came out with an actual plan to do so. And then, as soon as the plan was published Congress was ready and willing to pick it apart. Maybe that's why NASA...
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Heavens Help Us: The Wheel Workers Send an "S.O.S." to the Cosmos

4 months ago by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
The Beatles once sang about getting by with a little help from our friends. A new single by The Wheel Workers takes that notion to intergalactic extremes. The new song is dubbed “S.O.S.” The upbeat, synth-driven track releases today and you might describe it as Stereolab meets Radiolab. Sonically, it...
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Congress Scolds NASA, Underscoring How Far We Are From Mars

5 years ago by Dianna Wray
It seemed like Congress was finally in the mood to appreciate NASA. After all, the federal space agency has been doing the kind of work that gets a space agency noticed the past couple of years. It pulled off the first launch of the Orion spacecraft in 2014, and then...
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Port Neches-Groves High's Cheerleaders Yell "Scalp 'em!" While Others Call Foul

7 months ago by Schaefer Edwards
Cindy Reeves grins from ear to ear as she strikes a proud pose in front of the hazy purple backdrop. She is decked out in her drill team best: bright white boots and gloves, a cute white and purple blouse and a pleated white skirt. It isn’t just the colors...
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NASA Has a New and Improved Plan for the Journey to Mars

4 years ago by Dianna Wray
NASA officials have released a new and improved plan for how the federal space agency will get astronauts to deep space and Mars by the 2030s — and no one seemed to notice. The details were unveiled during two presentations Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA, gave for the NASA...
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NASA Is Going to Have a Big Year Thanks to Congress

5 years ago by Dianna Wray
Things just keep improving for NASA. First they pulled off the first launch of the Orion spacecraft in 2014 and then they followed up by discovering water on Mars and giving us unprecedented images of Pluto in 2015. Now it looks like things are going to get even better in...
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NASA Is Going Nuclear for Mars

4 years ago by Dianna Wray
NASA is moving forward with plans to land on Mars by the 2030s, so they're also working out how to keep people alive once they actually get there. And thus, for the first time since the 1960s, NASA is zeroing in on nuclear fission. One idea that is gaining some...
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NASA Has A New Spacesuit for the Big Mars Trip

5 years ago by Dianna Wray
Unless you've been living off the grid, you probably know that NASA is supposed to have humans land on Mars by the 2030s. That may seem like a long way off, but NASA is actually about to start recruiting astronauts for the Mars mission and scientific-types have been working on the...
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Thursday is National Burger Day: We Got the Beef (and Lamb)

9 months ago by Lorretta Ruggiero
Most everyone loves a juicy burger. However, tastes vary when it comes to toppings, temperature and even grinds of meat. In Houston, there is no shortage of burger joints, roadside shacks, fast food spots and high end steakhouses at which to satisfy the craving for a hamburger sandwich. National Burger...
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Trump Signs NASA Bill Aimed at Landing on Mars, but Is Still Unimpressed By Space

4 years ago by Dianna Wray
As President Donald Trump went through the formalities on Tuesday of signing an authorization bill that will give NASA $19.5 billion in funding, it became clear the president, who had only the vaguest idea of a space policy when he was running for president, still isn't terribly interested in exploring...

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