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A U.S. Senate hearing to consider the next administrator of NASA started Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says he’s not confident in President Trump’s nominee, Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). Nelson—a former astronaut—is the top Democrat who sits on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the nation’s space program. He spoke directly to the nominee during opening remarks.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson spoke to Florida A&M University students Monday about his experience in space. He also promoted taking STEM subjects. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

FAMU Students Help NASA Send Humans To Space With $5M Grant

Nov 23, 2016
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Florida Agriculture and Mechanical university students are helping NASA send humans to deep space.

FAMU is partnering with Lockheed Martin, the private company helping NASA develop the Orion space capsule.

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Florida Democratic Senator and former astronaut Bill Nelson is welcoming NASA’s Commander Scott Kelly back home.

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Florida lawmakers marked the 30th anniversary of the failed liftoff of the space shuttle Challenger, that left several astronauts dead.

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It’s cold and lifeless and smaller than Earth’s moon, it’s three billion miles away, but tiny Pluto is Page 1 news. As Jim Ash reports, NASA scientists are crossing their fingers ahead of Tuesday’s close encounter by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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Starting this weekend, visitors to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center will be able to see a space shuttle that flew in space more than thirty times up close. Jessica Palombo reports, the Port Canaveral space center is inaugurating a new $100 million exhibit centering on the Atlantis shuttle.

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A $100 million line item in President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget for next fiscal year could jump start a space project made all the more urgent by two close asteroid encounters from earlier in the year.

NASA plans to start work on a mission that will send astronauts to an asteroid in the next eight years.  Scientists say the program is the next step toward humans colonizing space. Call it “manifest galaxy.”

“The plan calls for a robotic spacecraft to capture an asteroid and tow it to a stable orbit around the moon,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

According to education officials and event organizers Tallahassee's Chiles high school team was the winner of the 2013 Student Astronaut Challenge. Almost 200 students from more than 30 schools participated in the qualifier, that number was reduced to six teams for the challenge finale at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Future Astronauts Shoot For The Moon

Mar 11, 2013
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Most people only know about space flight from what they see in the movies or on their television screens. But, high school students from around Florida got a chance to fly a shuttle like the pros over the weekend at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Landing a space shuttle is no easy task, as I learned first-hand. But, for high school students across the state, it something they’ve been preparing for all year. Pompano Beach High School student Wheeler Brown described what he did to prepare.

Space Lobby Docks At Fla. Capitol, Hoping For More STEM Education

Mar 6, 2013
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Wednesday is the sixteenth Florida Space Day. In the Capitol, NASA and the Florida Space Day group are presenting the current and hopeful future of the Space Industry in Florida. And both the agency and the group’s wish for more space-based education was also seen in a NASA presentation at Tallahassee’s Cobb Middle School.

SpaceX Liftoff Success, But With Problems In Orbit

Mar 1, 2013

The SpaceX Falcon 9 - a nine-thruster rocket - reached orbit successfully from liftoff in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But in orbit the SpaceX Dragon capsule experienced issues. The liftoff today is the company's second resupplying mission to the International Space Station as part of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

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In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D. candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

In a lecture she gave at Berkeley, Ride said she saw the ad on Page 3 of the student newspaper.

"The moment I saw that ad, I knew that's what I wanted to do," she said.

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For half-a-century, Florida was the center of gravity for America’s manned space program.  Now that program is essentially on hold.  Tom Flanigan reports the push is now on to redirect all the Florida resources once dedicated to the manned space effort to more earthbound uses.

Today, former Florida Lieutenant Governor Frank Brogan is Chancellor of the State University System.  But he vividly recalls something that fired his imagination when he was a little boy.