In today's edition of DNews, Trace Dominguez examines the history of the U.S. space program in the great state of Florida. The site of the launch facility on Cape Canaveral wasn't chosen lightly, and it turns out that Florida has a number of geographical benefits for flinging things off the planet. Issues including weather and even specific latitude coordinates come into play, as well.
To get the full story, Trace spoke with former NASA astronaut, Michael Lopez-Alegría, veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one round-trip flight to the International Space Station.
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