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Space

40 Year Old Data Seeks To Confirm Signs of Life in Atmosphere of Venus


A curious finding last year in the atmosphere of Venus has some scientists thinking one of our closest planetary neighbors could hold signs of life.  A team of researchers found traces of phosphine gas using a ground based telescope in Hawaii. On Earth, this gas is created by the decaying of organic material which is considered a “biosignature” — a material associated with the chemistry of life.
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STS-7 Mission Specialist Sally Ride. Credit: NASA
Intersection

UCF history professor Amy Foster on the history of NASA’s female astronauts


After the final Apollo mission, the space race was over. In the 1970’s, NASA began looking ahead to the Space Shuttle program–a program with a greater focus on science.  University of Central Florida history professor Amy Foster says that focus on science gave women a window to join NASA’s astronaut corps. She spoke with WMFE’s Brendan Byrne about the first female astronauts at NASA and her book Integrating Women into the Astronaut Corps: Politics and Logistics at NASA.
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