South Dakota hog farmers are running out of room. That's because a number of meatpacking plants are closed and still aren't sure when they will reopen. In the meantime, hog farmers have nowhere to send their animals. That despite President Donald Trump's recent executive order to reopen the country's meatpacking plants under the Defense Production Act. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports...

South Dakota hog farmers are running out of room.

Chasing The Moon

Jul 3, 2019

In The Moment ... July 3, 2019 Show 609 Hour 2

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Meanwhile, PBS presents Chasing the Moon, a new six-hour documentary from American Experience that covers the space race, from its earliest beginnings, to the historic first lunar landing in 1969, and beyond.

The series premieres over three nights, July 8-10 on SDPB-TV.

Robert Stone joins In The Moment. Stone is writer, director and producer of Chasing the Moon.

Space Age South Dakota

Jun 11, 2019

In The Moment ... June 11, 2019 Show 593 Hour 1

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. You may not realize this but South Dakota and South Dakotan's have had a surprisingly important role in space exploration. SDPB producer Brian Gevik has been looking at that role and he's traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to learn more.

DWU Grad Watches Orion Pacific Splashdown

Dec 8, 2014
USS Anchorage Public Affairs

NASA hopes to use the Orion Spaceship to travel to the moon and someday to nearby asteroids.  Last week the craft did a test orbit twice around the planet and then splashed into the Pacific Ocean where the USS Anchorage was waiting.

Dakota Wesleyan University graduate Genevieve Clark is Command Chaplain on the Anchorage.    She witnessed the retrieval effort of and provided an interview and these photos taken by Navy personnel.

You can hear more by clicking play below.

Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites

Apr 18, 2014

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Landsat 7 satellite and the first anniversary of images coming from Landsat 8. Jim Vogelmann, Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, joined Innovation to discuss the satellites and what they've done for science.

Hoping For More Satellites

Aug 29, 2013

Frank Kelly, Director of the EROS Data Center, says the U.S. government should consider ordering a pair of Landsat spacecraft to ensure at least another two decades of continuous collection of medium-resolution land imagery.  Kelly endorsed the idea of a block buy and says it is an obvious way to avoid disrupting the record of medium-resolution Earth observations the Landsat program has built up during the last 40 years.

DAKOTA PLAYERS Offering Summer Programs

Jul 9, 2013

NASA's Space School Musical is the Next Frontier for DAKOTA PLAYERS as they partner with the South Dakota Discovery Center and NASA! Kids all over the Midwest are joining Hannah on a trip through the solar system in this ultra-cool, edu-taining, "hip-hopera" that is out of this world! Children will be moving and grooving along with the planets, moons, meteors, comets, asteroids and even some rockin' scientists as they sing, dance and serve up the freshest facts in the galaxy.

Landsat 8 Launch

Feb 11, 2013
Cara Hetland

The Landsat 8 satellite was launched just after 12 p.m. Central on Monday.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke was among those who were at the EROS Data Center near Sioux Falls to witness a live feed of the launch.  While there, Gehrke spoke with EROS Center Director Frank Kelly, Tom Kalvelage, Chief of the Management Branch, and EROS Deputy Director and former Fire Science Team Leader Jeff Eidenshink.  Directors Sharon Boysen and Matt Varilek of Senator Tim Johnson's office also joined Gehrke on Midday.

Landsat 8 Launch

Jan 4, 2013
Cara Hetland

New EROS Director Frank Kelly discussed the scheduled launch of Landsat 8 on February 11.  The Landsat spacecraft series in the longest continuous Earth imaging program in history (Landsat 1 was launched in 1972). 

Landsat 8

Nov 6, 2012

For 40 years, the U.S.