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Kennedy Space Center prepares for sea level rise listen

06/18/14 Crystal Farina and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: climate change, NASA, sea level rise, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, science

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NASA is taking steps to protect Florida’s coastal Kennedy Space Center from rising seas.

Climate scientists say that sea levels will continue to rise because of melting polar ice and because warmer oceans will expand as the planet warms.

WMNF spoke with Kim Toufectis, the architect who coordinates master planning for NASA’s 15 locations, including KSC.

“Adapting to climate risks is part of what NASA needs to do in order to make sure our facilities can support our work going forwar...

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A tribute to Sally Ride

07/26/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney payed tribute to the first American woman astronaut. Sally Ride in her own words described her recollections of that flight in 1984. In a different segment, Sally discusses the many observations of the planet she has made through her career and sounded a serious note of warning about global warming, Sally has worked extensively with young girls and boys to encourage and educate then in the joys of science. She founded Sally Ride Science to pursue ...

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Saturday NASA launch: Potential radioactive risks to an unknowing population listen

11/23/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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NASA plans to launch the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity as early as Saturday. The mission will place a rover on the surface to search for signs of environmental and chemical conditions that may have supported microbial life. However, in the search for life on other planets, there may also be some risk to life right here on earth.

Curiosity will include 10.6 pounds of Plutonium 238, a relatively “hot” synthesized isotope used for propulsion and heating purposes. [Karl Grossman](htt...

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Investigative reporter Karl Grossman warns about possible danger from upcoming Curiosity launch at Cape Canaveral

11/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Our next guest is investigative reporter Karl Grossman He's written “The Wrong Stuff: Plutonium in Florida’s Skies,” an exposé of NASA’s dangerous plans to launch the Curiosity space probe from Cape Canaveral with 10.56 pounds of deadly radioactive plutonium-238 dioxide aboard. Grossman says an accident on the launch pad could spread plutonium across Florida; an accident after liftoff could spread plutonium around the globe. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott, President Emeritus of Ph...

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Space Shuttle Discovery launches on final journey listen

02/25/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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NASA launched the Space Shuttle Discovery for the last time yesterday afternoon. The orbiter went on its first mission in 1984, 27 years ago. WMNF's Zack Baddorf was at Kennedy Space Center, just a few miles away from the launch pad, and brings us this report.

On Discovery's 39th and final voyage into space, the shuttle is heading toward the International Space Station, where it’ll deliver a storage module. The crew of six will also bring with them a robot named R2. It’s the first huma...

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Space Shuttle Discovery about to take off on final mission listen

02/24/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery will take off on its final flight at 4:50 p.m. today. WMNF volunteer reporter Zack Baddorf is a few miles from the launch pad and will bring us a full report tomorrow during the WMNF Drive-time news. He filed this preview of the launch from the Kennedy Space Center a short time ago.

Discovery went on its first mission in 1984, some 27 years ago. This launch is its 39th and final time in space. Discovery will go up to the International Space Station where it...

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The Future Of The US Space Program

06/09/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our next guest is Pat Duggins who has covered NASA for years for NPR. He'll be speaking this Sunday at the Tampa Bay History Center.

From the TBHC's press office: The 2009-2010 Florida Conversations Lecture Series concludes with National Public Radio’s “Space Expert” Pat Duggins on Sunday, June 13th, at 3:00 p.m. in TECO Hall. Duggins will discuss his book, Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program.

The Space Shuttle was once the cornerstone of the U.S. spa...

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