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Jennifer White, a public relations liaison for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, looks over a map of Boca Chica Beach in South Texas. The map shows the protected area’s privately owned parcels; one could become a SpaceX launchpad site.

Home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Texas is no stranger to the field of space exploration. But now the state could become a hub for a new space economy — one based in the private sector. Some environmentalists are concerned. Read more»

Giffords and Kelly at a Jan. 8, 2012, vigil to remember victims of the shooting rampage the year before,.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is writing a children's book about a mouse who goes to space. "Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story" is set for publication in October. Read more» 1

Is there life on Mars? If there is, the U.S. government isn’t admitting it. The White House has released an official statement saying that there is “no evidence that any life exists outside our planet.” Read more» 1

We kicked off the show with a newsmaker interview with Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Plus, comet discoverer David Levy, and Jeff Rogers on the Pima County Democratic Party. Read more»

Iran, which has reportedly sent a monkey doll into space, plans to launch a live monkey aboard its Kavoshgar-5 rocket this summer, according to state television. Read more» 2

Fars News Agency claims to show two men in front of an Iranian satellite launching rocket named 'Safir-2,' in this Feb. 2009 photo.

A mouse, two turtles and a bunch of worms may not sound like much of a threat compared to centrifuges that are working overtime to produce weapons-grade uranium. But the critters are representative of another track in Tehran's effort to build its military into a force to be reckoned with. Read more»

Researchers at Black Point Lava Flow two hours north of Flagstaff watch a demonstration of a chariot designed to carry a Lunar Electric Rover and cargo. Arizona’s landscapes and geology helped train astronauts for the first moon missions. With NASA eying a return to the moon, a NASA official says the state’s role as a research leader means Arizona will have an even bigger role this time around.

As NASA plans for the next U.S. footprints on the moon and eventually its first on Mars, Arizona’s evolution into a center of space research means it will have a role even bigger than just a place to study geology. Read more»