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Human Space Exploration

June 3, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

On June 3, 1965, Air Force Capt. Ed White became the first American to walk in space when he stepped out of his Gemini IV spacecraft. Fifty years later, America’s human spaceflight program sits on a fulcrum. The space shuttle has been retired, and the International Space Station has been occupied for almost 15 years. The United States and its international partners are developing capabilities that could take humans to Mars in the 2030s, while private companies are working on spacecraft to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017.

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Understanding Amtrak and the Importance of Passenger Rail in the United States

June 4, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

Passenger rail is an essential element of America’s surface transportation system, and the main provider of intercity passenger rail service is Amtrak. Passenger rail service supports economic development, connects rural communities to the nation, and helps reduce roadway congestion in major metropolitan regions. In addition, Amtrak facilities and services are vital to commuter rail agencies, allowing 840,000 commuters to reach their destinations every weekday.

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