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Former NASA Astronaut, Flagstaff Resident Dies

Oct 24, 2017
NASA

A retired NASA astronaut who commanded the first flight of the space shuttle Challenger and flew on Skylab in the early 1970s has died. Paul Weitz was 85.

Climbing two of the tallest mountains on Earth is an amazing feat all on its own. But, imaging doing that without arms or legs. Kyle Maynard did, becoming the first person to scale Mount Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua without limbs or prosthetics. He was born with a rare condition called congenital amputation. It stopped his arms from growing beyond the elbow, and legs near his knees. Maynard is the keynote speaker tonight to kick off this year’s Flagstaff Festival of Science. He spoke with KNAU’s Aaron Granillo.


We are now days away from, what some scientists call, “the most beautiful event in the sky,” a total solar eclipse. Only some US cities will be lucky enough to see the moon completely overtake the sun on Monday, when it a casts a long, thin shadow across the country. KNAU’s science reporter Melissa Sevigny is on her way to Madras, Oregon, one of the cities located in, what’s known as, the path of totality. Melissa spoke with KNAU’s Aaron Granillo before she took off.


Bonnie Stevens

Scientists have noticed a sharp population decline in monarch butterflies migrating between Mexico and Canada. Flagstaff entomologist Mike Wagner wants to know if growing more milkweed will boost their numbers. Milkweed is a pollinator plant for many insects and the only plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs. 


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A University of Arizona researcher has been awarded a $100,000 grant to develop ways to help identify patients at risk of inappropriate use of prescription opioids.

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