Today we celebrate the birthday of Grand Rapids native son and NASA astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of his death. Chaffee was killed January 27, 1967 , along with Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Edward White, when a fire broke out during a launch pad test of the Apollo 1 command module. We talk with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy about the legacy of Chaffee and the place where science and religion meet.
Michigan State University is getting up to $122.5 million in funding over five years for the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.
The East Lansing school on Thursday announced an agreement with the National Science Foundation that allows for continuing funding. The school says the agreement will support research in nuclear and accelerator science and continue operation of the cyclotron laboratory.