space http://kcur.org en Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org An Interplanetary KC Concert http://kcur.org/post/interplanetary-kc-concert <p>When&nbsp;Gustav Holst composed his orchestral suite &ldquo;The Planets,&rdquo; he definitely had the solar system in mind. A local concert aims to add the picture&nbsp;Holst might have envisioned in a multimedia experience.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:09:22 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44315 at http://kcur.org An Interplanetary KC Concert The Precarious State of Space Exploration And The Sale Of The Washington Post http://kcur.org/post/precarious-state-space-exploration-and-sale-washington-post <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt;">The Washington Post's Joel Achenbach</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt;"> joins <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> to discuss the precarious state of space exploration and the recent purchase of the Post by Jeff </span>Bezos<span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt;">, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:47:12 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 42281 at http://kcur.org The Precarious State of Space Exploration And The Sale Of The Washington Post Stargazing in KC http://kcur.org/post/stargazing-kc <p>Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:36:40 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 33466 at http://kcur.org Stargazing in KC Streams Of Water Once Flowed On Mars; NASA Says Photos Prove It http://kcur.org/post/streams-water-once-flowed-mars-nasa-says-photos-prove-it NASA's Curiosity rover has found definitive proof that water once ran across the surface of Mars, the agency announced today. NASA scientists say new photos from the rover show rocks that were smoothed and rounded by water. The rocks are in a large canyon and nearby channels that were cut by flowing water, making up an alluvial fan.<p>"You had water transporting these gravels to the downslope of the fan," NASA researchers say. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25185 at http://kcur.org Streams Of Water Once Flowed On Mars; NASA Says Photos Prove It Venus Watch Spot: Warkoczewski Observatory http://kcur.org/post/venus-watch-spot-warkoczewski-observatory <p>From double and triple stars to navigation tactics all the way to the Andromeda galaxy, the <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/physics/warko/">Warkoczewski Observatory</a>&#39;s Friday night stargazing provides education and entertainment atop <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=royall+hall+kansas+city&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x87c0ef9a0dee6759:0x5ba8fd407beb0dc6,Royall+Hall,+Kansas+City,+MO+64110&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=QfrIT4LWCqPg2gWGs_XZCw&amp;oi=local_group&amp;ved=0CHMQtgM">Royall Hall</a>. They&#39;re currently gearing up for the <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/physics/warko/">Venus Transit</a> tomorrow afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (more infomation below).</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:10:34 +0000 Charlie Upchurch 18668 at http://kcur.org Venus Watch Spot: Warkoczewski Observatory 'Picture Perfect Launch' For Private Rocket Headed To Space Station http://kcur.org/post/picture-perfect-launch-private-rocket-headed-space-station <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4GUHQMjLE</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 18084 at http://kcur.org 'Picture Perfect Launch' For Private Rocket Headed To Space Station Dawn Mission Provides Evidence That Asteroid Vesta Is Indeed A Protoplanet http://kcur.org/post/dawn-mission-provides-evidence-asteroid-vesta-indeed-protoplanet Data from a mission to the second largest body in the asteroid belt that's between Mars and Jupiter seems to confirm that Vesta is indeed a protoplanet that dates back to the early days of our solar system.<p><a href="http://www.space.com/15630-asteroid-vesta-protoplanet-dawn-spacecraft.html">Space.com reports</a> that scientists theorized that Vesta had started down the path toward becoming a planet and data from the Dawn Mission confirms those suspicions. Thu, 10 May 2012 18:51:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 17444 at http://kcur.org Dawn Mission Provides Evidence That Asteroid Vesta Is Indeed A Protoplanet 50 Years Of Manned Space Flight http://kcur.org/post/50-years-manned-space-flight <p><strong>50 years ago</strong>, <a href="http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/shepard-alan.html" target="_blank">Alan Shepard</a> became the<strong> first American in space</strong>, making a brief suborbital mission that marked the first manned launch of <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mercury/" target="_blank"><strong>Project Mercury.</strong></a><br /> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:01:00 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 9819 at http://kcur.org 50 Years Of Manned Space Flight