Space Is Still the Place

Pop quiz: How many astronauts are currently in space? The answer is either two or five, at the International Space Station, depending on what day you are reading this, since three were scheduled to return to Earth on Saturday.

Gone are the days when space exploration was big news. Today, people of a certain age can horrify their grandchildren with tales of growing up during the heyday of the Apollo program, when the three—only three!—available television stations were filled with constant space coverage, wiping more important things like cartoons. It was a grim time to be a kid, with precious TV hours wiped out by boring old white guys droning on about spacecraft creeping toward the moon. Maybe that experience helps explain why we're so blasé about space these days.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum hopes to revive a little interest in space with its spring lecture series, America in Space: The Adventure Continues. This Wednesday, Dallas' own Dr. Mary Ellen Weber talks about her experiences as an astronaut aboard space shuttle missions in 1995 and 2000 and gives her views about creating a space-faring civilization. The cost per lecture is $10 for museum members or $15 for non-members. The museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Ave. Call 214-350-1651 to make reservations. And don't worry about missing any good shows while you're away at the lecture. That's why science gave us TiVo.
Wed., April 12

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