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Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

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NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight. It is an unprecedented collection of artifacts – the first time, in fact, that any Challenger or Columbia remains have been openly displayed. NASA’s intent is to show how…

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Five minutes with astronaut Mike McCulley on Lewis & Clark, the final frontier, and human nature

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Humans are a strange species. One can be pushing 60 and a chance encounter with a childhood hero turns him into a little boy. I outed an astronaut today. I’m standing in a crowded elevator and next to me is Mike McCulley, a space shuttle Atlantis commander. You’re humble correspondent immediately blurted, “You’re an astronaut,” unleashing a shower of questions from the other riders: When? Who? You? Can I take your picture? Poor guy could barely get out of the Capitol building. I…

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