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Question Your World: Who Wants to Go to Space?

Once you’ve bought everything you ever wanted from IKEA and watched everything on Netflix, what else is there possibly left to do? Well, you could go to space. NASA just put out a call for astronauts and were blown away by the results. Let’s tackle this news story with today’s big question: Who wants to go to space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Emmett Chappelle: Breathing in Space and Life on Mars

Welcome to week three of our ongoing series showcasing black scientists and inventors. This week we will be highlighting Emmett Chappelle who worked with NASA to develop the first breathing apparatuses for space and a method to detect life on Mars. Chappelle has been honored as one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists of the 20th Century.

Former Commander of SR-71 Blackbird Squadron Visits Newest Arrival at the Science Museum of Virginia

Colonel Joe Kinego, former Commander of the Air Force’s SR-71 Blackbird Squadron, recently visited the Science Museum of Virginia to talk about his one hundred plus missions during the Cold War, in what was probably the most remarkable plane ever built.

What Can Nanotechnology Do For You?

Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta recently challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it – even with a conventional microscope. They needed to illustrate nanotechnology: science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale—from one to one hundred nanometers. Nano means “billionth” and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Question Your World: Can We Grow Food in Space?

Roses are red, violets are blue, and flowers grown in space are worth thinking about too. The astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have sent down a photo of a blooming flower in space which prompts today’s big question, can we grow food in space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Hot Job: Investigate Illness as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist

How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you.

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