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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »