Beyond a Year in Space | Space

Nov 10, 2017
Man speaks about International Space Station at an event
Courtesy of NASA / PBS

Wed., Nov. 15 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Meet next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth’s orbit and travel into deep space.

John French wearing eclipse glasses.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017, and people are already making travel plans to get the best glimpse of it.

WKAR’s Morning Edition host Brooke Allen spoke with John French from Abrams Planetarium to find out more.




A new study at the University of Michigan has used MRI technology to show how astronauts' brains compress and expand during space flight. Findings indicate that during flight, the volume of astronauts' gray matter increased or decreased. The extent of change depended on the length of time spent in space.

U-M  kinesiology and psychology professor Rachel Seidler says the findings could have applications for treating other health conditions that affect brain function

three astronauts at NASA
Courtesy / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Fifty years ago today, the U.S. space program suffered a terrible loss.  Three astronauts -- Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee -- died in a fire during a training mission inside the Apollo 1 capsule.

Roger Chaffee grew up in Grand Rapids.

Spacex Media Gallery

Saturday morning's SpaceX California launch is successful