Tag: NASA

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 »

First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights

First commercial crew astronauts named for SpaceX and Boeing flights
On Friday, NASA, along with commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, named the first commercial crew astronauts selected to fly aboard commercial spacecraft. These nine American astronauts will launch on the first missions from American soil in American spacecraft since the Shuttle program ended in 2011. Astronauts Sunita Williams, Eric Boe, Robert Behnken, and Doug Hurley were previously... Read more »
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From the Archives: Chicago Tribune Photos Celebrating the Apollo 11 Mission

Photo Captioned: Mayor Daley welcomes Apollo 11 astronauts and their families at Daley Plaza (then called the Civic Center Plaza). Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune Archive Photo
Comb through the Chicago Tribune archives with the words ‘NASA Apollo‘ in the search bar and you’re going to stumble across some really incredible images. Many of the Apollo 11 photos that made the headlines during and after the mission are iconic photographs, seen on front pages of newspapers around the world. But less than a... 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 »

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 4th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: June 4th, 2018
Never miss out on all the cool space stuff that happens around the city again with our weekly updates. This week’s cosmic happenings take us to the International Space Station and then back down to Earth for some cosmic viewing! Space Station Expedition 56/57 Soyuz Launch, NASA TV, Wednesday, June 6th 5:15 a.m. CST The... Read more »
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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 »

This is Space: Photos of Falcon Heavy, Jupiter, OSIRIS-REx Images, and Mars

A stunning image of the Earth and Moon taken by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/OSIRIS-REx team and the University of Arizona
Falcon Heavy on the launch pad, the Jupiter’s swirling atmosphere, a photo of the Earth and Moon taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, and astronaut John Young on the surface of the Moon: these are just some of the incredible space photos published during the first week of the year. 2018 is going to be a... Read more »

Soyuz Safely Returns Three Astronauts to Earth

Soyuz Safely Returns Three Astronauts to Earth
At 2:37 a.m. Chicago time, three astronauts returned safely to Earth following a four month stay on the International Space Station (ISS), where they lived and worked as the Expedition 53 crew. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnick served as commander, with flight engineers Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos.... Read more »
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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 »