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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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Watch the Next Antares Rocket Launch the NG-11 Mission

Watch the Next Antares Rocket Launch the NG-11 Mission
Northrop Grumman is set to launch its 11th cargo resupply mission, NG-11, to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the Antares rocket today, April 17th. The Cygnus cargo spacecraft is currently loaded with over 7,000 pounds of science, research, station hardware, and crew supplies that are scheduled to launch at 3:46 p.m. CDT. Complete coverage... Read more »

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 24th, 2018

What's Happening This Week in Space: September 24th, 2018
As September wraps up, there are plenty of chances to explore space in the city. View objects in our solar system with the help of local astronomers in city observatories or explore topics that will take you out even further into the Universe. Read below to find out what is happening this week in space!... Read more »

Space Reading Challenge 2017

Space Reading Challenge 2017
A frequent request here on Cosmic Chicago are book recommendations to learn more about space. I read about 20-30 space related books a year, new and old, covering everything from spaceflight to astronomy to memoirs because it’s a subject I love. But given that the topic of space can be a lot to digest, recommending... Read more »
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What I Wish I Could Have Told Myself About Science Writing Years Ago

What I Wish I Could Have Told Myself About Science Writing Years Ago
I am not new to the writing and publishing industry, I was thrown into the arena straight out of college. What was new was the arena, it was constantly changing and I’ve never really found solid ground. Also new was the area of the industry I was working in. Sure I knew about travel and... Read more »

SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 At Sea And Elon Talks About the Future of His Rockets

SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 At Sea And Elon Talks About the Future of His Rockets
In a launch and landing that surprised everyone, including Elon Musk, SpaceX can now say that they have successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket at sea, in order to relaunch the first stage as part of future missions. An ecstatic Elon joined the NASA post press conference in order to talk about the company’s success... Read more »

The Science Launching to the International Space Station on SpaceX's CRS-8

The official SpaceX mission patch for CRS-8. The Dragon spacecraft will deliver  250 research and science experiments that will be conducted during Expeditions 47 and 48. Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX is launching its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station with over 7,000 pounds of cargo, including around 250 science and research experiments that will be conducted during Expeditions 47 and 48. Astronaut crew members living on the ISS will carry out investigations that range from life science experiments to hardware testing. As a... Read more »
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Failure to Launch and Other Bad Habits

Failure to Launch and Other Bad Habits
The only way I get any writing done is when there is a no budge deadline staring me in the face. Writers regularly write pieces about staying on top of deadlines, and doing mounds and mounds of research for weeks leading up to a piece. Then, when I talk to those same writers, they admit... Read more »