Category: Photo Gallery

James Webb Space Telescope Releases First Images

James Webb Space Telescope Releases First Images
After a successful launch and six months of on-orbit testing and calibration, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is fully operational. A report published July 12, 2022, states that “JWST is fully capable of achieving the discoveries for which it was built.” During the six months of testing JWST made approximately 2,300 observations with its... Read more »

PHOTOS: SpaceX Dragon Docks to Space Station, Delivers Science Experiments and Cargo

The Dragon Cargo spacecraft autonomously docked at the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday morning with over 5,800 pounds of cargo and science experiments. On Monday, July 18, astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines, with assistance from Kjell Lindgren unpacked the cargo Dragon, moving time-critical research experiments into the orbital laboratory of the station. Research includes... Read more »

PHOTOS: SpaceX & NASA Launch 25th Resupply Mission to the International Space Station

Space X and NASA launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft Thursday evening to the International Space Station at 7:44 pm CDT. Dragon carries more than 5,800 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies, and other cargo to the space station. Launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, this is the 25th commercial resupply mission for NASA and... Read more »
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PHOTOS: SLS Rolls to the Launch Pad for Dress Rehearsal

NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), made its way to Launch Pad 39B last Thursday evening for final testing before launching the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The journey began at the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where the SLS rocket was assembled and “stacked” atop the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP). The Crawler... Read more »

Photos: GOES-T Launches from Cape Canaveral

Photos: GOES-T Launches from Cape Canaveral
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the GOES-T weather satellite for NASA and NOAA launches to orbit from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.

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 »
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A Day of Triumph! Apollo 11 Splashdown Coverage in the Chicago Tribune

A Day of Triumph! Apollo 11 Splashdown Coverage in the Chicago Tribune
The Apollo 11 mission is officially over, and today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune is stuffed with news of the splashdown, the impact of the mission, and words from the astronauts themselves. As the space agency and the country celebrates the success of the mission, they also can’t help but look ahead. For the last... Read more »

Welcome Home, Apollo! Chicago Tribune Coverage of the Apollo 11 Mission

Welcome Home, Apollo! Chicago Tribune Coverage of the Apollo 11 Mission
After briefly focusing on Ted Kennedy’s car accident yesterday, Chicago Tribune coverage resumed delivering news about the Apollo 11 mission as it wrapped up. Splashdown maps, artist drawings, and details about both their return to Earth and subsequent quarantine dominated the first few pages of the paper. Despite the mission ending today, we will be... Read more »

Moon Men Will Visit Us: Chicago Tribune Coverage During the Apollo 11 Mission

Moon Men Will Visit Us: Chicago Tribune Coverage During the Apollo 11 Mission
Eight days into the Apollo 11 mission and the coverage by the Chicago Tribune has declined drastically. Despite competing stories, the headline of today’s newspaper is still dedicated to the mission. To celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we are sharing images of coverage by the Chicago Tribune that was published each... Read more »
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Apollo Quits Moon, Heads Home: Coverage of the Apollo 11 Mission by the Chicago Tribune

Apollo Quits Moon, Heads Home: Coverage of the Apollo 11 Mission by the Chicago Tribune
On target to Earth Coverage, focus, and prayers turn to the safe return of Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins to Earth. Details of the experiments carried out, the ascent from the Moon, and the journey ahead filled the pages of the Trib. Early reports regarding the success and performance of various instruments and experiments are also... Read more »