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Two dozen school teachers from southeast Missouri involved in an eclipse educational project took part in a two-day conference on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The conference ended Wednesday with a test launch of two tethered high-altitude, helium-filled weather balloons, similar to the ones that will be released on eclipse day, August 21st.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Bob Baer, NASA Astronomer Lou Mayo, and NASA Edge Producer Blair Allen about preparations for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Eclipse Experts Visit Carbondale

May 1, 2017

NASA officials, and a group of other eclipse experts are in Carbondale for several days going over site surveys and coordinating plans for the August eclipse, which experts say will have the greatest  totality over the city.  Among the logistics being hammered  out are, determining where and how to set up the stage at Saluki Stadium, where to park the satellite trucks,  and how much fiber optic cable is needed for NASA'S Megacast.  The expected crowds from around the world descending onto southern Illinois is also a story in itself; so much so that New York Times' Science Reporter Nicholas St. Fleur  will be spending several days in the area interviewing residents and business owners.  Tomorrow morning (Tuesday May 2nd) at 10 there will be a Facebook Live session originating from the Carbondale Campus featuring officials from NASA, the Goddard Space Center and others.  Michelle Nicholls, Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium is Chicago is also in Carbondale coordinating outreach activities.  Adler says that even for the non–scientist,  knowing what makes an eclipse gives you an appreciation for rare these events are.

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On September 28th, 2015 NASA officially announced that the planet Mars has liquid water at certain times of the year.  WSIU spoke with Dr. Justin Filiberto about the ramifications of the findings.  Dr. Filiberto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at SIU-C. 

To learn more about Dr. Filiberto's research about Mars, visit:  http://geology.siu.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/filiberto.php

A Photo Shoot with Pluto

Jul 10, 2015
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On Tuesday, July 14th, NASA's New Horizons Space Probe will pass within 7,000 miles of Pluto, taking high resolution pictures and gathering valuable scientific data. 

A series of exhibits, seminars and lectures this month on the SIUC campus focuses on Antarctica and climate change. From polar ice melt to the danger facing animals like polar bears, experts are sharing their experiences and urging people to pay more attention. 

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talked with NASA Climatologist Claire Parkinson and SIUC Geographer and Climatologist Justin Schoof about their work.

You can learn more about the upcoming exhibits and events by logging on to Antarctica-initiative.org.