NASA and SpaceX Successfully Launch Astronauts to Space

This week NASA and SpaceX came together to finally launch astronauts to space on the first crewed mission as part of the Commercial Crew Program. The United States has not launched its own astronauts to space on its own rockets since the final Shuttle launch in 2011, making this launch not only historic, but marking... Read more »

PHOTOS: SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Launch

Crew Access Arm Retracts from SpaceX Falcon 9 in preparation for launch. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/ Cosmic Chicago
Photos of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour as it launched from Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 pm EDT, Saturday, May 30th.

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Arrive and Dock at Station

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Arrive and Dock at Station
SpaceX Crew Dragon is set to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, after a successful launch from Kennedy Space Center. Once Crew Dragon Endeavour rendezvous with the ISS it will dock and run through more tests before the crew can open the hatch and join the astronauts already on Station. Endeavour is... Read more »
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Watch NASA and SpaceX Launch its First Crewed Mission

Watch NASA and SpaceX Launch its First Crewed Mission
NASA and SpaceX are launching the first crewed mission to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission, a demo flight, is meant to validate the crew transport systems that were tested on the initial unmanned crew demo launch. Following a weather delay, NASA and SpaceX will... Read more »

NASA is Hosting a Virtual Launch Party and Wants You to Join

NASA is Hosting a Virtual Launch Party and Wants You to Join
NASA is hosting a virtual Launch America party to celebrate the agency’s first human spaceflight from American soil since the end of the shuttle program. The SpaceX Crew Dragon launch of two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, to the International Space Station is scheduled for this week, Wednesday, May 27th, but due to COVID-19, NASA... Read more »

Celebrate Earth Day from Home with NASA

Celebrate Earth Day from Home with NASA
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, and NASA is making it easier for everyone to join in the festivities with its #EarthDayatHome with NASA virtual celebration. Meant as a day to raise awareness and education, the global celebration is the perfect excuse to learn about all the NASA programs and missions that... Read more »
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Riding an Old Man's Rocket: Apollo 13 Astronaut Jim Lovell Describes Launching on a Saturn V

Riding an Old Man's Rocket: Apollo 13 Astronaut Jim Lovell Describes Launching on a Saturn V
“It’s actually an old man’s rocket to tell you the truth!” This week marks the 50th anniversary of the dramatic Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, the second launch aboard a Saturn V and the final time Jim Lovell would liftoff to space. Lovell flew to space with NASA for a total of four launches, Gemini... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 2, 2020

What's Happening This Week in Space: March 2, 2020
As spring approaches, so do observing opportunities. Until then, take advantage of astronomy club meetings to introduce yourself to the night sky, NASA launches to the space station, and even plan a trip to a NASA center. This is what’s happening this week in space in Chicago! ‘Scopes in the City Eola Road Branch, Aurora... Read more »

PHOTOS: Tour Sierra Nevada Corporation's LIFE Habitat

The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has built a full scale prototype of its Large Inflatable Fabric Environment, or LIFE, habitat to evaluate how crew members will perform mission tasks as part of the Gateway program. The habitat measures 27 feet in diameter and is 27 feet long. When fully deflated the habitat can be launched on any conventional rocket currently in use. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/Cosmic Chicago
Sierra Nevada Corporation, SNC, invited media to tour the lunar gateway prototype they built in response to NASA’s call for Gateway habitat proposals in support of the Artemis program. Called the Large Inflatable Fabric Environment, or LIFE, a crew of astronauts can work and live in the habitat for long duration missions to the Moon or Mars. 
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The First All Female Spacewalk is Finally Happening

The First All Female Spacewalk is Finally Happening
On October 11th 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first female NASA astronaut to spacewalk during Space Shuttle mission STS-41-G, and finally, 35 years later, almost to the day, the first all female spacewalk is happening. NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to conduct a spacewalk bright and early Friday morning, in order to... Read more »