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In the pre-dawn hours Sunday morning, the Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral.  Among those watching was an astrophysicist who worked on the unique spacecraft…who’s also a Springfield native and survivor of the 1998 Thurston School Shooting. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.



20 years ago this Monday, 15-year-old Kipland "Kip" Kinkel peppered the Thurston High School cafeteria with bullets, after wounding two students in a breezeway moments before. When he paused to reload, a group of classmates tackled him to the ground, holding him until authorities arrived.  Police later found Kinkel's parents, Bill and Faith, dead in their rural Springfield home. In all, four people were killed and more than two dozen wounded from what has come to be called the Thurston School Shooting. 

Astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will give this year’s Cressman Lecture for the Oregon Humanities Center, entitled “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe and Everything,” on the UO campus on February 19th. She speaks with Eric Alan about whether the universe is solid or infinite, whether cosmic insignificance is comforting, and how that affects us as humans on Earth.