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What’s Happening On The International Space Station?

A North Carolinian is slated to set a new record on the International Space Station.

Astronaut Christina Koch is in the midst of 328 day mission, which if completed, will be the longest single spaceflight by a woman.The ISS is a giant, multinational research facility that has been manned and in orbit continuously since November of 2000. It travels at a speed of five miles per second and orbits the Earth every 90 minutes.

Host Frank Stasio talks about the research being conducted on the space station with Katie Mack, an astrophysicist and an assistant professor in the department of physics at North Carolina State University. Mack also talks about how the human understanding of the universe has evolved since the ISS was put into orbit.

She will be giving a keynote address “From the Lab to the Universe: Studying Physics to Explore the Cosmos” this Friday, Aug. 30 in the State Ballroom on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh. The event will also feature a conversation with Christina Koch live streamed from space.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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