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Intersection | NASA's Commercial Crew and College Football's Military History

Boeing's commercial crew capsule that will ferry astronauts to space. NASA.gov
Boeing's commercial crew capsule that will ferry astronauts to space. NASA.gov

NASA just awarded two contracts totaling $6.8 billion dollars to Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts to the international space station. The contracts are a big step forward in launching manned-missions from the space coast.

90.7’s Amy Green examines the companies bidding for the contracts, and what each offered to NASA. Also, 90.7's Matthew Peddie talks to Florida Today Space reporter James Dean about the commercial crew program.

Also, the college football season is in full swing. The UCF Knights hosted their home opener on Saturday and colleges across the country are fighting for the national championship. While college football has a huge following in the U.S., it wasn’t always that way.

90.7’s Brendan Byrne talks with UCF political scientist Paul Vasquez about the role military institutions played in making college football the powerhouse it is today.

 

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.