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Good Question: Why Does Pluto Matter?

On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a series of photographs of Pluto that show ice mountains as high as the Rockies. Those pictures came from an unmanned spacecraft that took nine-and-a-half years to make the three-billion mile trip to the dwarf planet. The cost was $720 million dollars, but experts say the benefits are far more than that. So, why does Pluto matter? Good Question.

07/15/2015

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Reality Check: Trip To Pluto Cost Less Than Vikings Stadium

NASA scientists and planet lovers everywhere are cheering the Pluto space probe, which is now sending images of the dwarf planet back to Earth. The cost of the 10-year voyage is raising eyebrows, but not for the reasons you might think.

07/15/2015

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Minnesota-Trained Doctor To Launch To Space Station

An astronaut trained as a doctor in Minnesota is set to go into space next week. Dr. Kjell Lindgren will be part of NASA’s Expedition 44/45 launch on July 22. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry a crew including Lindgren to the International Space Station.

07/15/2015

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NASA Reaches Pluto After Nearly Decade-Long Journey

We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating a journey from planet Earth that spanned an incredible 3 billion miles and 9½ years.

07/14/2015

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SpaceX Rocket Crash Destroyed Minnehaha Academy Experiment

Among the experiments lost when an unmanned Space X rocket exploded after launch Sunday in Florida was the latest project by the Minnehaha Academy International Space Station team.

06/29/2015

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4 Things To Know From June 3, 2015

The four stories you need to know about for Wednesday, June 3, 2015 range from rock-n-roll legends to flying saucers to running. Take a look.

06/03/2015

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4 Things To Know From May 27, 2015

Wednesday’s talkers include the location of the special session, Facebook statuses and personality, NASA space station and the Minnesota Twins.

05/27/2015

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Tropical Storm Ana Starts Hurricane Season Early

Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start officially until June 1, but this year we’ve already seen our first named storm.

05/14/2015

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NASA Chief: Alien Life Contact Possible By 2025

During a panel discussion discussing water sources in the universe, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan stated that she believes humans could come in contact with the first iterations of alien life by the year 2025.

04/15/2015

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Ted Cruz Climate Change Comments Make Him ‘Unfit’ For Presidency

It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.

03/24/2015

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NASA: Solar System’s Biggest Moon May Have More Water Than All Of Earth

The largest moon in the solar system harbors a salty ocean beneath its icy shell, the latest member to join a growing club of watery moons, NASA said Thursday.

03/13/2015

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Hello Ceres! NASA Spacecraft On First Visit To Dwarf Planet

After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will circle the dwarf planet for more than a year, exploring its surface and unraveling its mysteries.

03/06/2015

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Comfort Foods Can’t Relieve Your Misery, Study Says

Whether it’s chewy and gooey or crunchy and savory, many of us reach for certain foods to make us feel better.

01/15/2015

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Lauren’s Science Corner: The International Space Station

What is the size of a football field, has a gym, and the best view in our solar system? The International Space Station is an orbiting laboratory or habitable artificial satellite (fancy!) and serves as a space port for a myriad of multi-national spacecraft.

10/20/2014

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The People Who Took Us To The Moon

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 1969 landing on the moon and the realization of President Kennedy’s dream.

10/13/2014

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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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