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Ask An Astronaut - How the Space Station Helps Earth

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live and work in space? We certainly did, so we asked NASA Astronaut, Colonel Doug Wheelock, who has spent more than 178 days in space at the International Space Station to tell us about his experience for a series we're calling "Ask An Astronaut." This time, Col. Wheelock tells us how work done on the International Space Station benefits us here on Earth.

Beyond the Bench

Remember that old saying: “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

It’s especially true when you’re talking about the bench in front of the Durham County South Regional Library near Research Triangle Park.

As you can see from the photo, the bench is very much a bench. But it turns out, that particular bench is also part of a project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test what you could call next-generation air monitoring stations.