Monday, May 20 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:02:26 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:57:46 GMT
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning. According to Pascagoula Police Lt. James DeShannon Massey, motorists are asked to avoidMore >>
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:19 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:19:41 GMT
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, James Decker III, 32, of GeorgeMore >>
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
One local science teacher has an extraordinary story to tell. While his 25 years in the U.S. Army and many years teaching at Mississippi educational institutions may seem fascinating enough, how about the opportunity to become a NASA astronaut?
Dr. Noel Mann at Presbyterian Christian School is no ordinary science teacher. Dr. Mann, who has taught at several institutions of higher learning in Mississippi, including USM, also served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army for 25 years during Operation Desert Storm and the Vietnam War. At the age of 62, he is now looking to add one more item to his already impressive resume, becoming a NASA astronaut.
"I always wanted to go into space. When I left high school in 1964, my high school teacher told me I would probably be the first person on Mars. I don't know what prompted that conversation, but she said that," said Dr. Mann.
Becoming a NASA astronaut is a 16 step process. Dr. Mann received notice over the weekend that he has made it to step 11, meaning only 5 more steps stand between him and his lifelong goal. While the first few steps have generally consisted of paperwork and background screenings, he says the grunt of the work still lies ahead.
"You have to take a physical, a flight physical. You have to be able to swim 75 meters. You have to be able to swim 50 meters in a flight suit with tennis shoes on. You have to tread water for 10 minutes with a flight suit on. So, there are some extraneous physical requirements that are coming up," said Dr. Mann.
This is the first class of NASA astronauts since 2009 and the numbers are staggering, with several thousand applicants. The next step in the selection process involves cutting this number down to a mere 150 people. No matter the result, he says he will still be proud to have at least tried.
"Fulfilling a live long dream of at least trying to become an astronaut. My dad as we were growing up, his favorite saying when ever we tried to do something, he said just remember how many people have done it before you, if they can do it, you can do it. So, that's sort of the philosophy that all my brothers and sisters have carried all the way through life," said Dr. Mann.
Dr. Mann expects to know if he made the cut by March of this year, with hopes of continuing down the path of becoming a NASA astronaut. If Dr. Mann is eventually selected to become an astronaut, he still plans to return to PCS for one more year before training begins in June of 2013.
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