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The Humility And Determination Of Sally Ride

America's first woman in space inspired thousands of women and girls. Astronaut Sally Ride died Monday of pancreatic cancer. For more on Ride's life and legacy, host Michel Martin speaks with Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic American woman astronaut; and retired Air Force Colonel Pamela Melroy, a former NASA astronaut and the second woman to command a shuttle mission.
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Wallops Island Launches Test Rocket And Hopes For More

While some space enthusiasts are mourning the loss of NASA's shuttle program, engineers and scientists at Virginia's Wallops Island launch facility see a lot more voyages in their future.

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Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium

The world's top influenza researchers agreed to a voluntary moratorium on working with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu back in January. The hold was supposed to last just 60 days. It's now been more than six months, and scientists don't agree on what should happen next.
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50 Years Ago, Telstar Debuted Live Video From Space

Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel note that the first satellite to bounce TV pictures from Europe to the U.S. and back was inaugurated 50 years ago on Monday. Telstar allowed live images to be seen instantly on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Unraveling The Genetic Code That Makes Us Human

In The Violinist's Thumb, writer Sam Kean goes inside our genetic code, looking at the stories written by the fundamental building blocks within us. The book explains things like why some people can't handle drinking coffee and why some human babies are born with tails.
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Jill Tarter: A Scientist Searching For Alien Life

Jill Tarter works at the SETI Institute, where scientists seek evidence of extraterrestrial life in the universe by looking for some signatures of its technology. "The amount of searching that we've done in 50 years is equivalent to scooping one 8-ounce glass out of the Earth's ocean," she says.

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