Category: Explore Space

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019
A SpaceX rocket launch, a cosmic party, public observing sessions during the day and night are just some of what’s happening this week in space. As the weather warms up, more and more public observing sessions will be taking place all over Chicago, so keep an eye out for events in your neighborhood. Here’s your... Read more »

PHOTOS: 15 Photos From Hubble's 29 Years

This Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in February 1994 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, shows the full system of three rings of glowing gas surrounding supernova 1987A. Located in a small galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, the supernova is a massive star that exploded in about 165,000 BC, but its light didn't arrive here until February 1987.

Photos: STScI & NASA
Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 29th year of service, capturing images from our Solar System and beyond. To commemorate this anniversary I chose 15 of my favorite images from the Hubble archive. Some of the images in this gallery might not be the most iconic or groundbreaking, but they had the largest impact on... Read more »

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 »
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American Flags Flown in Space

The American flag has been part of our space program since the beginning. It adorns our spacecraft, our astronauts, and has been carried to the Moon and Mars. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the lookout for American flags that have flown in space. They come in all shapes and... Read more »

Morpheus Lands at Space Center Houston

Morpheus Lands at Space Center Houston
The unmanned, robotic lander, known as Morpheus, now hangs on display at Space Center Houston as part of its Mission Mars exhibit. The spacecraft is an example of NASA’s process of working through failures in order to develop technology that is able to be integrated into future vehicles. You hear a lot about NASA’s Orion... Read more »

Explore Space Murals in Houston

Explore Space Murals in Houston
Houston is proud of their part in the space program, so proud that they call themselves Space City and cover the walls with beautiful space murals. I started looking for space themed murals on my very first trip to Houston, when I was invited to NASA Johnson, and have been snapping pictures of them ever... Read more »
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Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days

Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days
In Chicago, free museum days attract thousands of residents looking to save money while visiting some of the best museums in the country. At three of the museums in the city, guests can explore space and the cosmos on up to 50 free days throughout the year. Start your journey at the Adler Planetarium where... 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 few realize that NASA started a similar program to encourage everyone to explore space. Space enthusiasts of all ages can use the passports as a... Read more »

Take a Journey to Mars at Space Center's Mission Mars Exhibit

Take a Journey to Mars at Space Center's Mission Mars Exhibit
Space Center Houston takes you on a journey to Mars with its new interactive exhibit, Mission Mars, complete with a high fidelity Orion capsule used for training, a launch projection and landing on the red planet, all set in a Martian landscape. This newest exhibit was created with the help of NASA in order to... Read more »
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Explore Space History at the Former NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston

Explore Space History at the Former NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston
Unless you know where to look, you can drive past the Texas Historic Landmark that was once the headquarters for NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, on the southeast side of Houston, without even realizing it. For two years, while Johnson Space Center was being built, NASA crammed offices, astronauts, and employees into this small brick building.... Read more »