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The West Virginia woman behind much of NASA’s 20th century space accomplishments died Monday at 101 years old. 


Remembering Katherine Johnson

Feb 24, 2020
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In 2017, the West Virginia Legislature recognized Katherine Johnson, a female pioneer at NASA and a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, marking April 3, 2017 as Katherine Johnson Day.  Katherine, a West Virginia Daughter, broke gender and racial barriers, she left her mark with an impressive career at NASA, she even has a lego figure named after her. 

Today, February 24, we say goodbye to Katherine Johnson and thank her for her contributions to science, engineering and for her part in inspiring those who have come after her.. 

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who was one of NASA's human "computers" and an unsung hero of the space agency's early days, died Monday. She calculated the flight path for America's first crewed space mission and moon landing, and she was among the women profiled in the book and movie Hidden Figures. She was 101.

Her death was announced by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

February 19, 1943: Aerospace Engineer and Author Homer Hickam Born

Feb 19, 2019
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Author Homer Hickam Jr. was born in Coalwood on February 19, 1943. After serving in Vietnam, he worked for NASA for 17 years as an aerospace engineer. During this time, he wrote his first book, Torpedo Junction. His second book, published in 1998, brought Hickam international acclaim.

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West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday.

Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State campus in Institute.

The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson's name to two students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.

Johnson turned 100 on Sunday. She graduated from the school in 1937 at age 18 with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and French.

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission honored Lewisburg natives Pamela Barry and Neely Seams with the “Living the Dream” award this year.

The two wrote and performed a powerful monologue that honored another notable West Virginia native, Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. Johnson is an African-American whose work in mathematics was critical to NASA’s moon landing.

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Some Marshall University students and faculty will participate in a project to launch high-altitude balloons during next week's solar eclipse.

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On August 25, 2000, the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope was dedicated at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Pocahontas County. At 16-million pounds, it’s the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope.

Its accuracy is so precise it’s like seeing the width of a human hair from six feet away. The telescope’s 2,004 panels are mounted on actuators, little motor-driven pistons that adjust the shape of the surface.

The telescope replaced an earlier 300-foot meridian transit telescope that operated from 1961 until collapsing in 1988.

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A West Virginia-based NASA analyst with expertise in software has contributed to the Juno spacecraft's five-year, 1.8 billion-mile trip to Jupiter.

The solar-powered spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit Monday, last leg of a $1.1 billion mission to gather scientific data and photograph the giant planet.

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NASA has awarded $100,000 to a team from West Virginia University for completing a robotics challenge.

  NASA says the objective of the challenge is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotics technologies. Teams were required to demonstrate their robots could locate and collect geologic samples from wide and varied terrains, operating without human control.

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Glenville State College art students have drawn up a colorful display for use by a NASA facility in Fairmont.

The display is to be used during career fairs, conferences and meetings for the staff of NASA's Independent Verification and Validation program.

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Satellite images from NASA and other government agencies can tell us a lot about the changing of the climate as well as the environment. Their photo series State of Flux: Images of Change depicts noticeable differences in our world over various spans of time--looking at everything from water, air, natural disasters, as well as the impact of industry.

West Virginia Morning
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We continue our look at our favorite stories of 2014 first with a visit to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. In August, Roxy Todd reported the association in the past few years has decreased their euthanization rate by some 95 percent.

Liz McCormick visited Paw Paw High School in the fall as students teamed up with NASA to build a full scale model satellite. The project started after the 7-12 school's only science teacher took her students on a field trip and thought, why can't we do that? She says her students also learned more than science along the way.

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A West Virginia plant is playing a role in NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft.

This week, students at a very small West Virginia school are wrapping up a very big science project…with help from NASA. They’re building a full scale model of a satellite. It’s something you might not expect to see at the second smallest school in the state...but one teacher had the ambition and enthusiasm to make it happen.

Small School in Paw Paw Finishes Big Science Project

Oct 14, 2014
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll take a trip to Paw Paw in Morgan County to visit a small school with a big science project.  And in Milton in Cabell County, a worker at Blenko Glass is worried that young people are not learning glass making skills.

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West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

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Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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A team from West Virginia University has been selected to participate in a NASA program to build and test instruments.

NASA says the team from WVU is participating in the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program. Ten U.S. college and university teams were selected for the first year of the program.

Officials say the program is an educational flight opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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West Virginia’s got a rich history of young people involved in the science fields, many using rocket science to fulfill their dreams. A group of students from North Central West Virginia is hoping a rocket will also launch them to the very top.

There are five students in North Central West Virginia who are building a rocket to launch in the Team America Rocketry Challenge competition.

A NASA Launch, Water Woes in McDowell Co., & More

Mar 3, 2014
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On this West Virginia Morning, a special NASA launch has a West Virginia connection.

Also, water woes continue in West Virginia, but not where you might think.

And a Pennsylvania story about a fracking law that's causing controversy.

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Rocket Girls and Astro-nettes is the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA. 

Catch the broadcast Thursday March 12 at 9 pm.

Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts.  It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests are the Mercury astronauts. 

New Satellite Hopes to Improve Weather Predictions

Feb 28, 2014
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A new satellite is hoping to get a better handle on how weather patterns change, so that forecasters can warn people of severe weather.

With help from some of the folks at the NASA facility in Fairmont, the satellite is now into space.

State Robotics Tournament Coming to Fairmont State

Dec 5, 2013
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There’s going to be a special kind of competition in Fairmont this weekend, bringing scores of young people to the campus of Fairmont State University. The competition mixes together a little bit of science, engineering, math, and a whole lot of imagination.