Mars InSight Lander Explained: NASA's Mission to Mars

Mars InSight Lander Explained: NASA's Mission to Mars
NASA’s latest mission to Mars is unique because not only will it land a spacecraft on the surface of the planet, but the lander will perform science operations that will tell us about the geology and formation of the planet. InSight’s instruments will bore into the ground, measure ground motion, and measure the rotation of... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: November 19th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: November 19th, 2018
The holiday weekend is the perfect time to get outside and look up! Astronomy club calendars might be clear, but there is a big NASA event coming up at the start of next week that you should add to your calendar now. NASA’s InSight lander will touchdown on Mars on Monday, and NASA will livestream the... Read more »

Historic Apollo Mission Control Consoles Return to Houston

Historic Apollo Mission Control Consoles Return to Houston
If you were to visit Historic Apollo Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center today, you would be surprised to learn that the vacant room where confident, boisterous flight controllers worked to land men on the Moon was once the scene of restrained frenzy. Five decades later, much of the room remains intact. The hand... Read more »
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Johnson Space Center Open House Celebrates NASA's 60th Anniversary

NASA's Johnson Space Center is hosting an Open House on October 27th, 2018. Photo Credit: Cosmic Chicago
This year marks the 60th anniversary of NASA and the agency is celebrating with a Johnson Space Center open house. For four hours the gates of the Houston campus will be open to the general public to explore, with nine buildings open to visitors for the first time in five years. Mission Control, the Space... Read more »

Soyuz Carrying Astronaut, Cosmonaut Makes Emergency Landing

Soyuz Carrying Astronaut, Cosmonaut Makes Emergency Landing
The crew of Expedition 57, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin made an emergency landing in their Soyuz spacecraft following launch to the space station. The crew is reported to be in safe condition, according to the latest update from NASA, and search and rescue crews have deployed to the landing site.  Search and rescue crews... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: October 8th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: October 8th, 2018
Winter is approaching, and that means new stars and constellations are beginning to rise in the night sky for you to learn about! There are plenty of opportunities to learn all about stargazing, how to use a telescope, and identifying what you see with the help of amateur and professional astronomers offering public observing sessions... Read more »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: September 24th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 24th, 2018
As September wraps up, there are plenty of chances to explore space in the city. View objects in our solar system with the help of local astronomers in city observatories or explore topics that will take you out even further into the Universe. Read below to find out what is happening this week in space!... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 10th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 10th, 2018
Chicago’s best science museums are all offering free admission days this week, giving you the perfect excuse to explore space! Every event happening this week in space offers an option for everyone in the family. Free Sundays in September MSI, Museum of Science and Industry The Museum of Science and Industry and The Walt Disney... Read more »

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 »
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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 »