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Weather Blog: Fireball Vs. Meteor

Every year, as the Earth spins into the fragment field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Pieces of rocky space debris, or meteoroids, slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 mph, producing the year’s most action-packed meteor shower – the Perseids. Generating 50-100 meteors per hour, the Perseid meteor shower runs through Aug. 24 with peak activity set to occur over the next few nights.

08/11/2014

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Astronaut Visits Mpls. Students Sending Experiment To Space

While a lot of high school juniors and seniors are worried about finding a prom date, 13 Minnehaha Academy students are on a different mission: sending a NASA-approved experiment to space.

02/25/2014

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Weather Blog: You Are Here

As the title might imply, most meteorologists are interested in way more than the weather. Like meteors; all things space, really. That’s why this new picture from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity caught my attention today.

02/07/2014

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NASA’s Inflatable Treadmill Relieves Pain Of Working Out

If losing weight is on your resolution list for 2014 but working out is painful or difficult, there’s technology now available to the general public that may help you reach your goals. NASA has created an anti-gravity treadmill called the AlterG, and WCCO-TV’s Natalie Nyhus tested it out.

01/02/2014

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MN Native And UND Graduate Returns From Space

University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has returned from her most recent trip to space. A Russian space capsule carrying Nyberg and two other astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the International Space Station in a flawless landing in Kazakhstan.

11/11/2013

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Astronaut Alum To Give Speech For UND Graduation

This year’s summer commencement ceremony at the University of North Dakota will be out of this world. Astronaut and UND alum Karen Nyberg will deliver the keynote speech from space.

07/26/2013

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Minn. Native Among 8 New Astronauts

A Minnesota native is among NASA’s new class of eight astronauts. Thirty-nine-year-old Josh Cassada is originally from White Bear Lake. Cassada is a former naval aviator who currently serves as co-founder and chief technology officer for Quantum Opus. Four of the eight new astronauts are women, the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected by NASA.

06/17/2013

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Minnesota Native, Astronaut Talks About Mission To Space Station

Minnesota native Karen Nyberg, an astronaut with NASA, is making her final preparations for a trip to the International Space Station and joined the WCCO Morning Show Thursday to talk about the upcoming mission.

05/09/2013

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Wisconsin Scientists Help Search For Alien Life

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth.

02/13/2013

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Twin Cities Teacher Chosen To Fly On NASA Aircraft

A Twin Cities teacher has been chosen to fly on a NASA aircraft that is collecting data from space.

02/07/2013

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NASA’s High Frequency Radio Signals

There’s a NASA spacecraft that has recorded natural high frequency radio signals. Some say they sound like whales; others say they sound like crickets.

10/02/2012

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Olympic Medals, Flies & Popcorn

Curt in Andover asked: How much gold is in the Olympic gold medal? The gold in London is almost all silver. The International Olympic Committee requires there to be at least 6 grams of gold in a gold medal. The London medals are enormous. So they’re only 1.34 percent gold, 6 percent copper, almost 93 percent silver.

08/10/2012

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Curious Look From Curiousity

Curiosity takes a first look around Mars and sends the video back to Earth. Check it out.

08/09/2012

NASA’s Curiosity Lands On Mars

NASA’s Curiosity landed on Mars very early Monday morning. WCCO Radio’s Mike Lynch caught a snapshot as it all unfolded.

08/06/2012

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Opinion: Sally Ride, A Role Model For The Ages

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.

07/24/2012

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