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In the early 1960s, the Mercury Seven astronauts made history. Why were Jerrie Cobb and her fellow Mercury Thirteen pilot-astronauts denied their chance, after undergoing the same screening process as the Mercury Men?

 The sky or rather the stars are the limit for one Duncan teacher who was chosen for the prestigious LiftOff! Summer Institute at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this summer.

It’s a question of when, not if, a large asteroid or comet will be on course to collide with Earth and cause calamitous destruction. For almost two decades, NASA has monitored and measured these potentially hazardous objects and debated ways to mitigate the threat.

Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society.