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Ohio's Role In Traveling To The Moon

Aug 26, 2019
The deployment of the early Apollo scientific experiments package is photographed by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong during the Apollo 11 EVA.
NASA

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Space Council this month about the Trump Administration’s plans to change course with the space program and return Americans to the moon.

Pence said NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to send astronauts to the moon by 2024, is on track. The NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will help make the mission a reality.

Today on All Sides, the Artemis program and Ohio's role in getting back to the moon.

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In the past year or so, scientists have discovered more evidence for liquid water under the surface of Mars. They've found complex organic compounds — the building blocks of life. And they've found that methane levels in Mars' atmosphere vary with the seasons.

"Each of these things adds up to say that the probability of finding life on a world that's not our own is going up," says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "And Mars, I think, is that best opportunity in our own solar system to find life on another world."

The 50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing

Jul 15, 2019
The deployment of the early Apollo scientific experiments package is photographed by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong during the Apollo 11 EVA.
NASA

July 20 is the 50th Anniversary of the first human to set foot on the moon.

The auspicious occasion was witnessed around the world, eight years after President John F. Kennedy made his pitch to Congress for funding. 

Today on All Sides, the ongoing significance of the first moon landing.  

To most of the world, the late Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, nearly 50 years ago.

A new exhibit on display at the Dayton Art Institute pays homage to the Apollo 11 moon landing a half-century ago. The Moon Museum exhibit opened at the end of June and features some unique items.

DAI Chief Curator Jerry Smith says he’s thrilled to have the show on display in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

“I’ve wanted to show this [exhibit] for a long time, and so having this opportunity and doing it where it will coincide with July 20th, the anniversary date is just perfect,” he says.

NASA is highlighting the legacy of African American women who played a major role in the space race but are only recently getting widespread recognition.

This week, the space agency renamed the street in front of its headquarters Hidden Figures Way.

Hidden Figures is the name of a book and movie that celebrate the contributions of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Its author, Margot Lee Shetterly, was at the unveiling ceremony, along with members of the women's families.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is playing a key role in the mission to take astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a visit to Cleveland Monday.

“The moon is our proving ground for how do we live and work on another world, so that we can go to Mars,” Bridenstine said. “And the sooner we can prove that out on the moon, the sooner we can move on to Mars.”

Great American Ball Park will be one of 15 stadiums across the country to host a replica of Neil Armstrong's space suit. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is sponsoring Apollo in the Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.

Tech Tuesday: The Impact Of Space Travel On Humans

May 7, 2019
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Scientists have struggled to understand the effects of space on the human body in large part because it’s difficult to blame changes on spaceflight alone. 

Twin studies are the closest scientists can get to such understandings.

But identical twins who are both astronauts is a rare occurrence.

We hear about the latest results in the first-of-its-kind longitudinal study of twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both astronauts, one of whom spent a year onboard the International Space Station.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides, the impact of space travel on humans, and more. 

The Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) has a new permanent exhibit celebrating the first man to walk on the moon, an astronaut who lived for much of his life in Lebanon and Indian Hill. The Neil Armstrong Space Exploration Gallery features unique artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission.

The world is seeing the first-ever image of a black hole Wednesday, as an international team of researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope project released their look at the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87). The image shows a dark disc "outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon," the consortium said.

"As an astrophysicist, this is a thrilling day for me," said National Science Foundation Director France A. Córdova.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

That is not one small step for women.

History was supposed to be made Friday when, for the first time, two female astronauts were scheduled to do a spacewalk together outside the International Space Station. However, one of the astronauts was switched out this week because of a lack of "spacesuit availability."

Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center would get $882 million under a budget proposal announced by the Trump administration Monday afternoon. Local researchers are gearing up for a return to the moon.

The last time astronauts set foot on the lunar surface was in 1972.  The new budget puts an emphasis on returning within the next five years on a more permanent basis. 

SpaceX Photos / Flickr

SpaceX successfully launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft over the weekend from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Crew Dragon is the first commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft to leave Earth. It arrived safely at the International Space Station, where it's expected to stay docked for five days before returning to our home planet. 

The flight is expected to bring NASA one step closer to sending humans back into space, which hasn’t been done in nearly a decade. 

Today on All Sides, the SpaceX Launch, safety online for kids, and more. 

Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET

President Trump pushed forward Tuesday with his plan to launch a space force as a new branch of the military. But it would at first be under the umbrella of the Air Force, and it requires approval of Congress — which is far from certain.

This represents at least a temporary shift. Trump had stated that he wanted a space force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force.

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