The Best of Our Knowledge
3:02 am
Mon February 6, 2006

The Best of Our Knowledge # 803

Albany, NY – SHOW OPEN - Dr. Karen Hitchcock and Glenn Busby (1:30)

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND SPACE/JULIE PAYETTE, PT. 2 OF 2 -
Julie Payette says, Trust me. The sky is no longer the limit. And
she should know. Julie Payette is the Canadian Space Agency's
Chief Astronaut. Payette flew on Space Shuttle Discovery in May,
1999 as part of the crew of STS-96. During that mission, the crew
performed the first manual docking of the shuttle to the International
Space Station, and delivered several tons of logistics and supplies
to the ISS. On Shuttle Discovery, Julie Payette served as a Mission
Specialist, held responsibility for the station systems, and operated
the Canadian robotic arm. Discovery completed 153 orbits of Earth,
traveling 4-million miles in ten days. Payette was the first Canadian
to participate in an International Space Station assembly mission
and to board the space station. Last week, TBOOK spoke with her
about her academic preparation before becoming an astronaut, and
her selection and training to become a space shuttle crew member.
This week, we talk about the medical research going on in space,
and on the ground, and why she feels it's important for humans to
remain in outer space.
Dr. Karen Hitchcock reports. (9:32)

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ORIGINS OF LIFE/SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EDUCATION SERIES
THE MOON AND THE NEW PRESIDENTIAL SPACE VISION ,
PT. 2 OF 2 - Anyone who remotely follows the space program will
have heard about the launch a few days ago of the spacecraft New
Horizons that's headed to planet Pluto. Reports from APL (Applied
Physics Laboratory) is that it's moving so fast, New Horizons should
pass the orbit of Mars in early April, months ahead of a standard flight.
Like JPL run by Cal Tech, APL is a research center operated by
Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland. APL supports many
projects for the Department of Defense and is heavily involved in
several robotic scientific space missions for NASA, like New Horizons.
Dr. Paul Spudis is a Planetary Scientist with the Applied Physics
Laboratory, and for many years has been researching and writing of
his discoveries about the moon. Last week, Dr. Spudis told us about
the discovery of ice on the moon, which could literally fuel future
missions. This week, he discusses The Moon and the New
Presidential Space Vision.
Glenn Busby reports. (9:04)

The preceding material is supported by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration.

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