Topic: cosmic expeditions

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In science, two topics remain the most popular and fascinating, space and dinosaurs. It's a good thing this piece is on both! The asteroid impact blamed for the great dino extinction is about to get studied in detail for the first time ever. This prompts today's big question, what do we...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Once you've bought everything you ever wanted from IKEA and watched everything on Netflix, what else is there possibly left to do? Well, you could go to space. NASA just put out a call for astronauts and were blown away by the results. Let's tackle this news story with today's big...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue, and flowers grown in space are worth thinking about too. The astronauts on board the International Space Station have sent down a photo of a blooming flower in space, which prompts today's big question - can we grow food in space?   Humans...

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

To better understand our origins, we send robots to study parts of the solar system, but occasionally parts of the solar system come to us. Recently a meteorite was discovered that predates the Earth itself! How old is our solar system?   Roughly 4.6 billion years ago, our...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year! As the world enters a new year, many people are looking at new calendars. Some scientists have recently been looking at a very old calendar and have arrived at a pretty amazing discovery. History and science come together to answer today's big question - what did the ancient...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There are a lot of challenges in going to other planets. One of the biggest issues is how to get people back from other places to Earth. A new rocket test by SpaceX just became a huge game changer in that conversation by helping answer today's question - how can we visit other planets?...

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,...

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