Stories about Cosmos

April 17, 2019

Astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days in space

NASA announced on Tuesday that astronaut Christina Koch will have her mission on the International Space Station extended and will likely break the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman (currently, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson holds that record with 288 days)....

April 9, 2019

One cool thing: what does a black hole look like?

People have speculated as to what black holes looks like since the 1700s and this week we may finally get an accurate depiction. As the New York Times explained, astronomers who have created a global network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope are...

April 3, 2019

One cool thing: cherry blossoms as seen from outer space

It’s Peak Bloom of the cherry blossom trees here in DC and while we’ll bring you more photos throughout the week we wanted to share this one which is out of this world! As the Washington Post reported, “Maxar Technologies, a company that captures...

March 20, 2019

One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

Yesterday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and also the vernal equinox. This image from the Meteosat-9 satellite shows Earth from space on the equinox. As the New York Times explained, the spring equinox is a point in Earth’s orbit where the sun...

February 25, 2019

Japanese spacecraft lands on distant asteroid

Last Friday, the Hayabusa2–a Japanese spacecraft–landed on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. As AP reported Hayabusa2 extended a pipe and shot a pinball-like...

January 30, 2019

One last chance to revive Oppy

NASA’s Opportunity rover reached Mars in 2004 for what was intended to be a 90-day mission to analyze soil and rocks and help scientists better understand the Red Planet. To the pleasant surprise of “Oppy’s” engineers, the rover was able to...

January 29, 2019

Welcome Back Federal Workers!

We are back up and running this morning! Thank you for your patience. Please visit us at https://t.co/KAZIStjKGt pic.twitter.com/qVVRxXGAeX — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 28, 2019 Thanks to all the Federal Workers who endured the long shutdown! ...

January 22, 2019

One cool thing: Super Blood Wolf Moon seen from around the world

Did you see the Super Blood Wolf Moon on Sunday night? It was truly something to behold and here in DC we were lucky enough to have clear skies to witness the lunar eclipse, it was worth staying up late to see! Check out this roundup of the coolest shots captured by...

January 10, 2019

Celestial events not to miss in 2019

While the new year just began, Mother Nature already has an entire year’s worth of celestial events lined up for your viewing pleasure. The first major event will be a Super Blood Wolf Moon (say that 3X fast) which will occur on January 20th at 11 PM and the...

January 5, 2019

Exploring Strange Worlds, Going Where No Craft Has Gone Before

The holiday break proved to be a big one for space exploration as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached the outer edges of our universe and China’s Chang’e-4 rover landed on the far side of the moon, launching China’s space program into a new...