This week NASA and SpaceX came together to finally launch astronauts to space on the first crewed mission as part of the Commercial Crew Program. The United States has not launched its own astronauts to space on its own rockets since the final Shuttle launch in 2011, making this launch not only historic, but marking... Read more »
Photos of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour as it launched from Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 pm EDT, Saturday, May 30th.
NASA and SpaceX are launching the first crewed mission to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission, a demo flight, is meant to validate the crew transport systems that were tested on the initial unmanned crew demo launch. Following a weather delay, NASA and SpaceX will... Read more »
NASA is hosting a virtual Launch America party to celebrate the agency’s first human spaceflight from American soil since the end of the shuttle program. The SpaceX Crew Dragon launch of two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, to the International Space Station is scheduled for this week, Wednesday, May 27th, but due to COVID-19, NASA... Read more »
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, and NASA is making it easier for everyone to join in the festivities with its #EarthDayatHome with NASA virtual celebration. Meant as a day to raise awareness and education, the global celebration is the perfect excuse to learn about all the NASA programs and missions that... Read more »
As spring approaches, so do observing opportunities. Until then, take advantage of astronomy club meetings to introduce yourself to the night sky, NASA launches to the space station, and even plan a trip to a NASA center. This is what’s happening this week in space in Chicago! ‘Scopes in the City Eola Road Branch, Aurora... Read more »
NASA performed a successful test of the Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Tuesday morning. The test is critical to the success of the Artemis program, ensuring a safe flight for astronauts that will one day launch to the Moon and then Mars in Orion. The... Read more »
Boeing’s Starliner completes a hotfire test, view InSight seismic data, SpaceX launches 60 satellites, and on this day JFK calls for a commitment to land a man on the Moon, these are just some of the incredible space events captured this week in photos. Each of these events highlights missions results and space events that... Read more »
Photos of the NASA crew briefing for the Expedition 60/61 mission to the International Space Station. NASA Astronaut, Andrew Morgan, ESA Astronaut, Luca Parmitano, and Russian Cosmonaut, Alexander Skvortsov discussed their training, past spaceflight experience, the upcoming mission, and what they look forward to during their time living and working on the Space Station.
This week in space might not include any exciting rocket launches, but there is still plenty to happening around town and around the country. As the weather warms up, astronomy clubs around the city are beginning to prepare for nighttime observation sessions. Until then, take advantage of the many science centers and planetariums around Chicago... Read more »