Lion Antiques Storeowner David Godiska stands by the sign he hopes will inspire Penn State students to think about space exploration.
Katie DeFiore / WPSU

A sign in a downtown State College store window reads, “50 years ago we drove cars on the moon — What happened!”

David Godiska is the owner of Lion Antiques on Atherton Street. He is so passionate about space exploration, he actually owns the original flying saucer from the film “Mars Attacks.” He said he hung up the sign in his store window because he strongly believes NASA has become obsolete.

Free Movie Aims To Empower State College Girls

Jun 25, 2017
Local girls create structures from popsicle sticks and straws to hold up a tennis ball at the Girl Scouts of the USA table at the Hidden Figures showing event.
Katie DeFiore / WPSU

Free showings of the movie Hidden Figures have popped up across the country to empower young girls. The event reached the State Theatre in downtown State College on Saturday. 

Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African American mathematicians who played a huge part in the success of the early stages of the NASA program.

Irene Miller raised over $1,500 on Go Fund Me to provide this free showing to about 300 attendees.

photo: NASA

NASA recently selected 12 new astronaut candidates from among more than 18,000 applicants. WPSU’s Kristine Allen speaks with one of those talented twelve: Zena Cardman, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Penn State. She will begin her astronaut training in August.