Space Exploration

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk Pushing To Maintain Funding For Grants Promoting Interest In Space, Science

Senator Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama wanted to cut, by a third, the Space Grant Program that funds research, education and service projects designed to promote an interest in space and the sciences.

07/06/2015

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad on December 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The heavy-lift rocket will boost the unmanned Orion capsule to an altitude of 3,600 miles, and returning for a splashdown west of Baja California after a four and half hour flight.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Space Enthusiasts Watch Historic Orion Launch At Adler Planetarium

Wind and technical problems held up the first attempt to launch NASA’s first deep space exploration vehicle on Thursday, but not Friday morning, as the unmanned Orion spacecraft rocketed into orbit 3,600 miles above the Earth.

12/05/2014

Space Shuttle Atlantis

U Of C Astronomy Prof: It’s Time To Explore Asteroids

The head of the University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophysics Department says it’s time to look way beyond low-earth orbit for the nation’s next space venture.

WBBM Newsradio–07/14/2011