Amber Straughn is a native of Bee Branch, Arkansas and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Now she's helping develop the world's largest-ever telescope for deep space research. She'll be back in Arkansas next week.
Mars is closer to Earth than it has been in more than a decade. Seizing that opportunity, NASA used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture new images of the Red Planet. Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is senior scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope project, and she is also a native of Mountain Home. We speak with her about Mars, the Hubble Telescope's mission, and her path from the Ozarks to the Goddard Space Center.
There is a local connection to the biggest space exploration mission since Voyager. Dr. David James went to Huntsville High School, University of Central Arkansas and has his hands in the Student Dust Counter on board New Horizons. Dr. James is now overseeing the project that he started working on as a graduate student a decade ago.