How to See the Annular Solar Eclipse from Chicago

For anyone willing to get up early, an annular solar eclipse will be visible as the Sun rises over Chicago. Chicago is on the far southern edge of visibility and the peak of the eclipse will have passed by the time this astronomical event is visible anywhere from Chicago, but it’s still worth viewing. What’s... Read more »

Watch Crew-1 Return to Earth in Early Morning Splashdown

The four astronauts of Crew-1 are scheduled to undock from the International Space Station and splashdown to Earth early Sunday morning aboard SpaceX Dragon Resilience. Delayed twice due to the weather, astronauts Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, and Soichi Noguchi are scheduled to splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida... Read more »

Watch Crew-2 Astronauts Launch to the Space Station

SpaceX Falcon 9 rollout to launch complex 39A ahead of Crew-2 launch from Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani Four Crew-2 astronauts are prepared and ready to launch to the International Space Station early tomorrow morning, the 23rd of April, from Kennedy Space Center aboard a reused Falcon 9 rocket. Delayed by weather, the... Read more »
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How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Rover Land on Mars

How to Watch NASA's Perseverance Rover Land on Mars
NASA’s Perseverance rover has reached its destination and will attempt to land on Mars today, in what the space agency is calling the most challenging Mars landing ever. Perseverance is expected to touchdown on Mars at 2:55 pm CST, but NASA and others will begin broadcasting coverage of the event as early as 1:00 pm... Read more »

NASA and SpaceX Successfully Launch Astronauts to Space

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: SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Launch

Crew Access Arm Retracts from SpaceX Falcon 9 in preparation for launch. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/ Cosmic Chicago
Photos of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour as it launched from Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 pm EDT, Saturday, May 30th.
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Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Arrive and Dock at Station

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour Arrive and Dock at Station
SpaceX Crew Dragon is set to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, after a successful launch from Kennedy Space Center. Once Crew Dragon Endeavour rendezvous with the ISS it will dock and run through more tests before the crew can open the hatch and join the astronauts already on Station. Endeavour is... Read more »

Watch NASA and SpaceX Launch its First Crewed Mission

Watch NASA and SpaceX Launch its First Crewed Mission
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 Party and Wants You to Join

NASA is Hosting a Virtual Launch Party and Wants You to Join
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 »
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Celebrate Earth Day from Home with NASA

Celebrate Earth Day from Home with NASA
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 »