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Restored Mission Control Comes Alive 50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Restored NASA consoles at the Apollo mission control room at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The screens are displaying, from left, spacecraft telemetry data, the position of astronauts in relation to Lunar Lander while on the moon the position of astronauts in relation to Lunar Lander while on the moon and the position of the Command Module as it orbits the moon. (AP Photo / Michael Wyke)

NASA's Apollo-era Mission Control center has been restored to the way it looked 50 years ago when two men landed on the moon. Spaceworks, a division of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, restored the NASA consoles to the way they looked 50 years ago, during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

New Crop, Old Problems: Record Rain Hurting State's Efforts to Grow Hemp

P.J. Sneed checks on some of his hemp plants waiting to be planted at his farm in Plevna, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service)

Hemp production was banned in the U.S. in 1937. The crop made a comeback during WW II, when farmers in Kansas and other states cultivated the plant, which was used to make rope and other supplies for the war effort. After the war, growing the crop became illegal again. But now, Kansas is back in the hemp-growing business. Unfortunately, this year's crop has been hard hit by heavy rains.


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