Tag: NASA

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »