Chicagoan's Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019

Chicagoan's Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019
Unless you’re living under a rock, you know there is a total lunar eclipse happening tonight. As  Chicagoans, we don’t get as many chances to enjoy the cosmic wonders in the night sky because of light pollution. But, the Moon shines bright enough over the city that everyone can see it, and you’ll be able... Read more »

A Different Apollo Story

I didn’t think my family had an Apollo era story to share, at least not one I ever heard, but I was wrong. Every time a big Apollo mission anniversary rolls around everyone in the space community I frequent begins to share stories and memories about the day men landed on the Moon. For years I’ve clung... Read more »

How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing

How to Watch NASA's Mars InSight Landing
Tomorrow, November 26th, NASA will land its InSight Mars lander on the surface of Mars. Landing on Mars is tough- less than 50 percent of Mars missions have survived the landing- so this event is huge for the agency and everyone interested in planetary science. Related: Mars InSight Lander Explained: NASA’s Mission to Mars For... Read more »
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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 »