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Huntsville breaks ground on 2 new schools named for NASA astronauts

(Bob Gathany/bgathany@al.com)

(Bob Gathany/bgathany@al.com)

Two new public schools named for NASA astronauts will soon begin to rise along Pulaski Pike in northwest Huntsville.

The city school system held a standing-room-only groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the $65 million Jemison High School as well as McNair Junior High, which will share the same campus.

Decatur-born astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison flew in from Chicago for the ceremony and challenged the schools’ future students to make a difference in their city, their state, their world. Jemison became the first black woman in space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992.

Children are born with an “innate energy and drive,” she said, but it can be dampened by adults.

“Adults started telling you what you couldn’t do,” Jemison told a group of students from the four schools that will feed into the new campuses: Johnson High, Butler High, Davis Hills Middle and Ed White Middle. “We started lowering your expectations of this world that was around you. Ignore them.

“Know that you can achieve so many things.”

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said architectural drawings for Jemison High and McNair Junior High are about 15 percent complete, meaning construction is still several months away. The plan is to open both schools in August 2016.

“This is the prologue in what will be many, many pages and many, many chapters of exceptional history which will be written by the students of Jemison High School,” said Wardynski.

McNair Junior High is named for Ronald McNair, the second African-American in space and one of seven astronauts killed in the January 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

via We have lift-off: Huntsville breaks ground on 2 new schools named for NASA astronauts | AL.com.

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25 Best Places to Retire – Huntsville, AL (16)

Best if you’re looking for: College town

Median home price: $174,000

Top state income tax: 5%

Space buffs know Huntsville as “The Rocket City” because the Marshall Space Flight Center was the original NASA, and it still plays a major role in civilian and government spacecraft and rocketry.

Architecture aficionados know it for its 19th-century buildings; nature lovers know this northern Alabama city for its parks, botanical gardens, and nature preserves. While this Southern city seems to have something for everyone, so too does the University of Alabama.

Founded in 1993, the school’s lifelong learning program offers dozens of courses each term on topics as diverse as the volunteers who teach them.

via 25 Best Places to Retire – Huntsville, AL (16) – Money Magazine.

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UAHuntsville laboratory “one of America’s best”

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – UAHuntsville’s Propulsion Research Center has been featured as one of the top laboratories in the nation by Popular Science magazine.

The magazine’s September issue, in a feature entitled “Labs that Go Boom,” credits the PRC’s rocket building prowess and lauds it for being a home base to some of tomorrow’s great rocket scientists. It featured the PRC as one of 10 laboratories across the U.S. where students do serious research and career training by “blowing stuff up.”

It cited the PRC’s strategic location, just a few miles from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and said “the Propulsion Research Center has been a proving ground for some of the world’s top rocket scientists since its inception in 1991.”

In 2011 Popular Science also named the PRC as the third “Most Awesome Lab” as part of its “Best Places to Pursue Science” feature.

PRC Interim Director Robert Frederick said students will soon begin work on new nuclear propulsion systems that could reach Mars in weeks instead of months.

It listed possible careers for graduates in rocket science, aircraft design and missile systems.

via UAHuntsville laboratory “one of America’s best” by Popular Science | al.com.

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Curiosity rover replica roams to U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — While Curiosity is roaming on Mars millions of miles away, a replica of the rover roamed its way into to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The scale model was moved in early Tuesday morning as a result of President Barack Obama calling the Curiosity team in California to congratulate them on their successful mission.

“We got this from headquarters and we don’t know how long it’s going to stay, but we’re glad to have it,” spokesman  Tim Hall said. “Everybody’s talking about Curiosity, the pictures, the look, the feel. Kids love it.”

The rover, officially called Mars Science Laboratory, landed on Mars last Monday without incident after an eight-month trip through space spanning 85 million miles. Curiosity carries the most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the martian surface. While on Mars, the rover will analyze dozens of soil samples and explore the role of water, atmospheric evolution and climate.

via Curiosity rover replica roams to U.S. Space & Rocket Center | al.com.

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