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December 21st, 2011
08:19 AM ET

Why astronomers are geeking out about NASA discovery of Earth-sized planets

It's being called a cosmic milestone for planet hunters!

For the first time ever, NASA's Kepler space telescope spotted two Earth-sized planets outside our solar system, orbiting a sun-like star. Though scientists say 1,000 light years away and at 800 degrees it's too hot for life, it's still being hailed as an important moment for space research.

This morning on American Morning, Franklin Institute Science Museum chief astronomer Derrick Pitts explains what makes this discovery so important.


Filed under: Space
October 7th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

CNN EXCLUSIVE: Jonathon Prince is training to run a mile...on the moon

He's run more than 10,000 miles raising money and awareness for a variety of causes. Now, athlete and philanthropist Jonathan Prince has set his sights a bit higher...in outer space.

He's now training to become the first athlete to compete a mile run on...wait for it...the moon. And he's doing it to get kids excited about space.

CNN's Jason Carroll has the exclusive.


Filed under: Space
October 3rd, 2011
01:09 PM ET

Dream tour led by NASA astronaut Harris inspiring children to study math and science

In New York City on Oct. 3 and 4, more than 30 schools from Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens have been invited to attend one of the two Dream Tour programs at the Harlem Armory and The Apollo Theater.

The DREAM (Daring to Reach Excellence for America's Minds) Tour was created by The Harris Foundation and Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African American astronaut to walk in space. It's a motivational program that encourages America's middle school students to attend college and study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a means to fulfill their dreams.

Dr. Harris delivers an engaging and educational program to students. These high-energy, high-tech events include music, testimonials from engineers, live science experiments and a simulated Shuttle launch. He talks to American Morning about the importance of inspiring children to study math and science saying, "technology drives everything."


Filed under: Science • Space • STEM
August 16th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Atlantis crew discusses what it was like to fly NASA's final shuttle mission

After more than 30 years, NASA's shuttle era came to a close when Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21st, concluding the final 13 day mission aimed at stocking up the International Space Station.

This week, the crew from the last shuttle mission are in New York to host a free science & space exhibition open to the public taking place on Aug 17th from 10am to 7pm at the Eventi Hotel's plaza.

Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim join Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss their mission and to weigh in on what life is like now that they're back on planet Earth.


Filed under: Shuttle • Space