Category: Launch

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 »

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 »

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 25th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 25th, 2018
There is so much space happening in Chicago, every day. Be sure to check out the latest listed below and get out into the city to enjoy what the Universe has on display. This week you can view the cosmos from four different observatories and watch the next SpaceX launch to the International Space Station! ‘Scopes... Read more »
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Elon Musk 'really hopeful' for test launch of Falcon Heavy rocket

Elon Musk 'really hopeful' for test launch of Falcon Heavy rocket
SpaceX is ready to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center, and Elon says he feels, ‘quite giddy and hopeful’ about the flight. To the amusement of the masses, Falcon Heavy will liftoff Tuesday, February 6th at 1:30 PM ET, carrying a Tesla Roadster on-board as the payload. But the debut is more... Read more »