What's Happening This Week in Space: August 13th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 13th, 2018
Summer might be coming to an end, but there are still plenty of public observing and astronomy events taking place in Chicago. Free admission to one of Chicago’s best museums, observatory tours, and an evening under the stars are all happening this week in space! Yerkes Observatory Tours, Williams Bay, WI, Through October 1st Time... Read more »

Parker Solar Probe Explained: NASA's Mission to Touch the Sun

Parker Solar Probe Explained: NASA's Mission to Touch the Sun
NASA’s mission to touch the Sun is decades in the making, sending the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft directly into the Sun’s corona. Named after Chicago physicist Eugene Parker, the mission seeks to answer questions Parker set down in his groundbreaking paper theorizing the existence of solar wind all the way back in 1958. The observations... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 6th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 6th, 2018
This week offers several chances to do both daytime and night sky observing with the help of amateur and professional astronomers! A free Chicago museum day and two rocket launches that you can catch online, and more, round out this week’s space events. SpaceX Merah Putih Launch, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Tuesday, August 7th, 12:18 a.m. SpaceX is launching its... Read more »
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First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights

First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights
On Friday, NASA, along with commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, named the first commercial crew astronauts selected to fly aboard commercial spacecraft. These nine American astronauts will launch on the first missions from American soil in American spacecraft since the Shuttle program ended in 2011. Astronauts Sunita Williams, Eric Boe, Robert Behnken, and Doug Hurley were previously... Read more »

Your Chicago Urban Astronomy Guide for Summer 2018

Your Chicago Urban Astronomy Guide for Summer 2018
Summer is the best time of year for Chicago urban astronomy, and once you know what you are looking for you’ll be hooked. This summer is filled with cosmic events- really, every summer is- that are worth the time it takes to become familiar with the night sky. The best part is, you don’t need an... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 23rd, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 23rd, 2018
This week offers a rare chance to catch a glimpse of all the planets in our solar system, especially Mars! Chicago museums and observatories are the perfect place to kick start a passion for space so be sure to check out this week’s events that are listed below. ‘Scopes in the City, Back of the... Read more »
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From the Archives: Chicago Tribune Photos Celebrating the Apollo 11 Mission

Photo Captioned: Mayor Daley welcomes Apollo 11 astronauts and their families at Daley Plaza (then called the Civic Center Plaza). Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune Archive Photo
Comb through the Chicago Tribune archives with the words ‘NASA Apollo‘ in the search bar and you’re going to stumble across some really incredible images. Many of the Apollo 11 photos that made the headlines during and after the mission are iconic photographs, seen on front pages of newspapers around the world. But less than a... Read more »

American Flags Flown in Space

The American flag has been part of our space program since the beginning. It adorns our spacecraft, our astronauts, and has been carried to the Moon and Mars. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the lookout for American flags that have flown in space. They come in all shapes and... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 2nd, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: July 2nd, 2018
Even with all the city lights there is still plenty you are able to see in the night sky, especially when you know where to look. Look to the professionals, and experienced amateur astronomers, this month to help you gain familiarity with the stars and planets. This week think about heading outside of the city... Read more »
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Morpheus Lands at Space Center Houston

Morpheus Lands at Space Center Houston
The unmanned, robotic lander, known as Morpheus, now hangs on display at Space Center Houston as part of its Mission Mars exhibit. The spacecraft is an example of NASA’s process of working through failures in order to develop technology that is able to be integrated into future vehicles. You hear a lot about NASA’s Orion... Read more »