Dutifully executing its complex flight control software, the Mars Science Laboratory silently raced toward its target Sunday, picking up speed as it closed in for a 13,200-mph plunge into the Red Planet’s atmosphere and an action-packed seven-minute descent required a rocket-powered “sky crane” to lower the one-ton nuclear-powered rover to the surface. It went off without a hitch.
Looking around our nation, it’s obvious that we need more heroines and heroes with Sally Ride’s brave and courageous character. Her inspiration and legacy must live on to create the heroines – and heroes – of the future.
At least 200 people gathered at the Carnegie Science Center to witness a celestial event that won’t happen again in this lifetime. The planet Venus began to cross the face of the sun, as viewed from Earth in the 6 p.m. hour.
A group of local students will be competing in the finals of a national robotics competition on Monday.
NASA is tracking one of its dead satellites (UARS) the size of a school bus. Officials expect it to tear through the earth’s atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles an hour Friday afternoon.
KDKA AM’s Larry and John talk to astronaut Mike Fincke.
KDKA Radio’s Rose and Paul talked wtih Ira Goldberg, a professional numismatist, about NASA and their retirement.
KDKA AM’s John Shumway talks live with the crew of Endeavour while they are docked at the International Space Station.
Space shuttle Endeavour blasted off for the final time Monday morning in Florida. Some local students have a special connection with one of the astronauts on board.