Category: Explore Space

Space Stories from My Christmas Tree

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World exhibit is as much a Chicago holiday tradition as it is a celebration of cultural Christmas traditions. Looking at the trees this year, I thought about the stories we tell through the ornaments and decorations we place on our trees. Growing up, decorating our family... Read more »

Final Weekend to See Snoopy Soars With NASA Exhibit

Final Weekend to See Snoopy Soars With NASA Exhibit
This weekend is your final chance to see the touring exhibit, To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center at the Elmhurst History Museum. This free exhibit celebrates the relationship Snoopy and NASA have shared since the start of the Apollo program. The Elmhurst History Museum... Read more »

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 »
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What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019

What's Happening This Week in Space: May 15th, 2019
A SpaceX rocket launch, a cosmic party, public observing sessions during the day and night are just some of what’s happening this week in space. As the weather warms up, more and more public observing sessions will be taking place all over Chicago, so keep an eye out for events in your neighborhood. Here’s your... Read more »

PHOTOS: 15 Photos From Hubble's 29 Years

This Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in February 1994 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, shows the full system of three rings of glowing gas surrounding supernova 1987A. Located in a small galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, the supernova is a massive star that exploded in about 165,000 BC, but its light didn't arrive here until February 1987.

Photos: STScI & NASA
Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 29th year of service, capturing images from our Solar System and beyond. To commemorate this anniversary I chose 15 of my favorite images from the Hubble archive. Some of the images in this gallery might not be the most iconic or groundbreaking, but they had the largest impact on... Read more »

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 »
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American Flags Flown in Space

The American flag has been part of our space program since the beginning, flown into space on just about every venture we’ve made. It adorns our spacecraft, our astronauts, and has been carried to the Moon and Mars. For as long as I can remember, I have been on the lookout for American flags that... 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 »

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 »
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Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days

Explore Space During Chicago Free Museum Days
In Chicago, free museum days attract thousands of residents looking to save money while visiting some of the best museums in the country. At three of the museums in the city, guests can explore space and the cosmos on up to 50 free days throughout the year. Start your journey at the Adler Planetarium where... Read more »