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 »

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 »
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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. 

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 »
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Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago

Perseid Meteor Shower: When and Where to See it in Chicago
The Perseid meteor shower is the best and brightest meteor shower of the year, and because it passes through in the warm summer months, it’s the best chance at seeing a shower in Chicago. Find out how to see the meteor shower in Chicago and where to look, below. What is the Perseid meteor shower? ... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 7th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: August 7th, 2019
This week, get out into the city of Chicago to try some stargazing with friendly astronomers, explore the cosmos at a museum, or join in on an activity that might ignite a new passion for the night sky. Take advantage of the last of our warm summer days and spend your evenings getting to know... Read more »

How to Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Chicago

How to Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Chicago
50 years ago man launched, landed, and stepped out onto the surface of the Moon, and Chicago is commemorating the event with Apollo 11 celebrations all over the city. From star parties to science festivals to speaker panels, there is a way for everyone to remember the anniversary of this incredible mission. In addition to... Read more »
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PHOTOS: New Life for Apollo Mission Control Center

Former Flight Director Gene Kranz speaks of his time in Mission Control during the Apollo missions to a crowded auditorium at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tx.

Photo Credit: Michael Galindo
On July 1st, 2019 NASA’s Historic Mission Control Room reopened for public tours after a two year restoration was completed. The Mission Operations Control Room or MOCR, controlled it’s first mission in 1965 during Gemini 4. That mission saw the first manned spacewalk for the United States. From 1968 through 1972 the MOCR would control... Read more »