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Spectators eye Kennedy Space Center from Titusville, awaiting the launch of 4 astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicle. Photo: Nelly Ontiveros, WMFE

Human Space Launches Bring Welcome Distraction To Otherwise Wild Year

This year, NASA launched six astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center, ending a nearly decade-long drought of human launches from U.S. soil. The launches from Florida’s space coast brought spectators from across the state. And as WMFE’s intern Nelly Ontiveros reports, watching humans launch to space brings a welcome distraction to the otherwise tumultuous news of the year.
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Operations at the UCF-managed Arecibo Observatory (pictured here in the spring of 2019) are stopped until repairs can be made from an incident in August that caused a 100-foot-long gash on the telescope’s reflector dish. Photo: UCF

Arecibo’s Legacy

For nearly six decades, a 1,000 foot dish in a Puerto Rican forest has led the charge in searching for far away planets, alien life and tracking near-Earth asteroids. It’s also had cameos in television and film including the 1995 James Bond movie Goldeneye. Now, that dish is going dark.
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