Now Boarding: Destination Moon Highlights Apollo 11's Make It Work Moments

Now Boarding: Destination Moon Highlights Apollo 11's Make It Work Moments
The historic Apollo 11 command module has left the Smithsonian to travel the country for the first time in 41 years as part of an exhibit called Destination Moon. Almost fifty years have past since Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins set off for the Moon, and despite the mounting challenges the Apollo program faced, they made... Read more »

Our Total Solar Eclipse Photos from Calvert City, KY

Our Total Solar Eclipse Photos from Calvert City, KY
There isn’t a single photo or video out there that was able to capture the brilliance of the total solar eclipse as I saw it. Because this was the first total solar eclipse I would witness, I had no idea that the classic eclipse photos that I wanted to capture would look nothing like the... Read more »

Chicagoan's Last Minute Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

Chicagoan's Last Minute Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
You just heard about today’s solar eclipse and you can’t drive anywhere, but still want to check it out? No problem, we got you covered. You can still view safely from the city and suburbs without eclipse glasses. Here’s you need to know: View Safely From Chicago the solar eclipse will not be total, so... Read more »
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Meet the NASA astronaut class of 2017

Meet the NASA astronaut class of 2017
NASA named 12 new astronaut candidates in a ceremony at Johnson Space Center attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and fellow astronauts. The twelve were chosen from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, more than twice the standing record set in 1978. The new astronauts represent a broad range of... Read more »

Explore Space with the NASA Passport Program

Explore Space with the NASA Passport Program
Have you heard about the NASA Passport to Explore Space Program? Just about everyone is familiar with the popular National Parks stamp program, along with an accompanying passport booklet, but most don’t know that NASA started a similar program to encourage everyone to explore space. Space enthusiasts of all ages can use the passports as... Read more »

Space Reading Challenge 2017

Space Reading Challenge 2017
A frequent request here on Cosmic Chicago are book recommendations to learn more about space. I read about 20-30 space related books a year, new and old, covering everything from spaceflight to astronomy to memoirs because it’s a subject I love. But given that the topic of space can be a lot to digest, recommending... Read more »
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Ellen Ochoa: "We Are Moving Forward"

Ellen Ochoa: "We Are Moving Forward"
A week after Trump won the presidential election, the biggest names in the aerospace industry gathered in Houston, Texas to discuss new space applications and forge business partnerships. On everyone’s lip though, was what the new Trump administration would mean for NASA and space. In the middle of it all, Cosmic Chicago sat down with... Read more »

Space Bowl Swag Giveaway

Space Bowl Swag Giveaway
We’ve been down in Houston this week for Space Bowl (Super Bowl 51), with NASA, having tons of fun and find ourselves with more swag than we can keep. Rather than picking between friends, we decided to do a giveaway! To see more about what we did this week, check out our photo gallery of... Read more »

NASA Sends Super Bowl LI Fans to Mars on Future Flight

NASA Sends Super Bowl LI Fans to Mars on Future Flight
Future Flight, a virtual reality experience that sends riders on a journey to Mars, is the main attraction at Super Bowl LIVE thanks to NASA and a host of aerospace companies. “NASA was the first group to say we want to be involved with the Super Bowl” said Sallie Sargent, the President and CEO of... Read more »
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Last Week in Space: January 23-29

So much news in space tech, astronomy, policy, and exploration happens every day that even I have a hard time keeping up with it. To help you end and start your week all caught up, I’ve decided to put together an abbreviated list of the most important and exciting news covering the last week in... Read more »