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The NASA Glenn Research Center recently celebrated 75 years of incredible achievements in space and technology. And now there's more good news for the Cleveland and Sandusky facilities, with all eyes on Mars.

Glenn is expected to receive nearly $600 million from President Obama's proposed $19 billion budget for NASA in 2017.

The money would go towards helping to develop critical technologies to make the nine-month journey to the red planet.

2015 was the world's warmest year on record... And we're seeing the effect on Lake Erie, as well as the rest of the great lakes.

At one point last year, 98% of Lake Erie’s surface was ice covered. Into late January this year, only 21% of the lake was covered in ice according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. But the recent cold snap boosted Lake Erie’s ice cover to about 74% as of Tuesday. Ice coverage typically reaches a high point between mid-February and early March, so perhaps some good news for those who take advantage of ice fishing along our shores.

Last Monday marked the start of the Chinese New Year, the country's biggest holiday -- with this year known as, the year of the monkey.

But in the Columbus suburb of Minerva Park, it's taking on a different meaning! A monkey on the run is causing quite the stir! He was first spotted sitting on a fence by a Minerva Park police officer and since then, he's become quite the sensation around town -- he even has his own twitter account. Last Monday, the fugitive howler monkey was once again spotted at a nearby park. A passerby was able to snap a photo of him before he dashed into the woods.

Howler monkeys are normally found in Latin American rain forests and their size ranges from 2 to 4 feet in height. Residents have been warned not to approach the monkey, as they can be territorial.

Instructional Links

Website: NASA, Glenn Research Center

Website Article, Maps, & Graphs: NOAA - Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Great Lakes Ice Cover

Website Article & Handout: Enchanted Learning, Howler Monkey

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