Topic: cosmic expeditions

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In 1930 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto from the Lowell Observatory. Since then it has been many things to many people, but for the first time ever, it's about to be the subject of an up-close study by the New Horizons team. What will we learn from Pluto?    The once...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just a day before their spacecraft was scheduled to crash into Mercury’s surface, the MESSENGER mission Education and Public Outreach team announced the winners of their crater naming contest (check out thier names, here!). The five new names added to the map of our Solar System...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

From GPS units to TV broadcasts to exploring the furthest reaches of space, rockets have become very important parts of those projects. We use rockets to escape the bounds of gravity in hopes of providing humanity with a better understanding of the natural world while also putting satellites in...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

​ On Dec 5, 2014, NASA launched the Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight.  With a successful blast off and splash down, many people are wondering what's next for the Orion spacecraft?   Keep in mind, humanity's first orbital launch was the Sputnik spacecraft,...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In the coming months, we’ll take a look at some of the stranger names in our Solar System to prepare for a challenge from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Over the last 20 years, astronomers have found over 1,800 exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars. These alien words are...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

In the coming months, we’ll take a look at some of the stranger names in our Solar System to prepare for a challenge from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Over the last 20 years, astronomers have found over 1,800 exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars. These alien words are...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Our world is too large for one person to just look around and understand everything.  In order to understand more than what is in front of our eyes, we must rely on logic and mathematics. For example, a long time ago humanity was not sure how large the Earth actually was. Sure, there were some...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Space, the final frontier…if you can get there, that is. The United States has decommissioned the space shuttle program. So, how can we take our astronauts and scientists off the Earth to continue their research work?  How will Americans go to space?    In 2011...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When we think about a trip to Hawaii we usually conjure up images of rest, relaxation, and recreation.  Though millions of people flock to this tropical paradise every year, vacation is not always the reason for the trip.  So, why did scientists just spend four months in Hawaii?...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Coffee is one of the most traded goods on this planet, and regardless of location or language, it continues to be a part of humanity's morning traditions.  As we have explored various aspects of our natural world, coffee has followed us along.  But what about space?  Can we...

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