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Planets align on Friday - episode 10

7/25/2018
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As space science educator at Cosmosphere, it's Caleb Gimar's job to keep his eyes to the skies. This Friday, the international space museum and education center in Kansas is hosting a sky-watching event with a spectacular view. He explains what to look for the night of July 27, 2018, no matter where you may be.

Duration:00:11:10

Life at space camp - episode 9

7/18/2018
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Space camp counselor and Kansas school teacher Mary Ellen Kirkbride talks how she and hundreds of others spend their summer vacation: getting to visit places like Cape Canaveral, launching simulated satellites and preparing for possible careers in the space industry.

Duration:00:09:27

Wanted: space farmers - Episode 8

6/1/2018
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To go farther into space, there's a need to feed astronauts on long trips. A new contest for students in grades 4-12 aims to find ways to grow food gardens sustainable in outer space. It could land you a free spot in an aerospace camp and put you in touch with astronauts at the International Space Station. Listen for more details. And enter here.

Duration:00:10:36

Why this is the Golden Age of Space Travel - Episode 7

5/8/2018
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Talking to John Mulnix about how story-telling, myths and science fiction, contribute to real science and how we're really in the golden age of space travel.

Duration:00:12:30

To Pluto and beyond - Episode 6

2/12/2018
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Glen Fountain, former project manager for NASA's New Horizons Pluto project, stops by for a visit to talk about what they're learning about deep space, the formation of the solar system and traveling at 7 miles per second.

Duration:00:16:57

Watching Santa and the North Koreans - Episode 5

12/24/2017
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NORAD will be tracking Santa's journey on Christmas Eve, and that draws a lot of attention each year. But they spend the rest of the year tracking threats to North America, like North Korea's nuclear tests and debris we've left in outer space. An interview with the North American Aerospace Command in Colorado Springs.

Duration:00:17:46

A conversation from the space archives - Episode 4

11/8/2017
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Shannon Whetzel, collections manager at the Cosmosphere, talks about the Sputnik exhibit, its significance 60 years ago and the future of history in the digital age,

Duration:00:15:39

Coming to your school, a space expert - Episode 3

10/23/2017
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Tracey Tomme, vice president of education, talks about a new initiative at the Cosmosphere for a web-based STEM curriculum now available to school around the world.

Duration:00:12:23

Searching for the remaining Blackbirds - Episode 2

10/13/2017
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Curt Mason, a NASA launch communicator, is on a mission to see all 30 remaining SR-71 Blackbirds still in existence. His grandfather helped design the plane, which was also featured in our first episode. We caught up with him on his visit to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Duration:00:13:32

The man who flew the fastest plane ever built - Episode 1

9/18/2017
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Buz Carpenter talks about flying the SR-71 Blackbird in this first edition of "Cosmic Chat."

Duration:00:17:15