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Spirit of Discovery along the Rio Grande

For Jon Kalb, each step on the desert floor brings a measure of excitement with the possibility of discovering something new. A retired research geologist with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (Texas Memorial Museum) at the University of Texas, Kalb has … Continue reading

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Midland Airport Gets the Go-Ahead to Launch Space Flights

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved a spaceport license application for the Midland International Airport (MAF), making the airport the first of its kind to be federally-licensed for commercial air and space flights. “We are the 9th spaceport in the … Continue reading

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Can the Private Space Industry Stabilize a Boom-and-Bust Economy?

By early next year, alongside the sound of jets landing at the Midland International Airport, you might also hear sonic booms from space flights re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This month, the private space company XCOR broke ground at the airport, … Continue reading

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Oil Boom? Try Sonic Boom: Private Space Company Set to Break Ground in Midland

This week the governor’s office announced a $2.3 million incentives package for Space X, a private space company looking to build a rocket launch site in Cameron County near Brownsville. The president of another space company looking to move to Midland says … Continue reading

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Friday Interview: Dr. Taft Armandroff, New Director of McDonald Observatory

In a broadcast recorded live at the McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis, Texas, MPR reporter Lorne Matalon and Morning Edition anchor Travis Bubenik spoke with Dr. Taft Armandroff, the recently appointed director of the observatory. The three met up at … Continue reading

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Researchers Find “Groundbreaking” Proof of Cosmic Inflation

What’s being held as one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in decades has created a flurry of media attention this week. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics say they’ve discovered our first direct proof of cosmic inflation – … Continue reading

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