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What are black holes and did Stephen Hawking say they don't exist? listen

03/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: astronomy, space, black holes, National Geographic, Stephen Hawking, time travel, science, physics


In January, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking ignited a minor controversy when he wrote “there are no black holes

The statement was latched onto by some in the media, but it likely was taken out of context.

WMNF spoke about black holes with Michael Finkel, a writer for National Geographic ma...

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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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Launch of final Space Shuttle, Atlantis listen

07/08/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The final space shuttle blasted off this morning from the Kennedy Space Center.

Four astronauts are riding Atlantis to orbit. The shuttle is bound for the International Space Station, making one final supply run.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators jammed Cape Canaveral and surrounding towns for the farewell. Kennedy Space Center itself was packed with shuttle workers, astronauts and 45,000 invited guests, the maximum allowed.

The first shuttle launched in 1981.

Florida’s senior...

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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...


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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