Talk about some cool selfies! Check out these photos that the Mars Rover took of itself and the Red Planet on February 26th. According to CNN, the Rover made history by powering up its steepest hill to date, the Greenheugh Pediment, which is at a 31-degree tilt. On the way up, the Rover’s drivers paused […]Continue Reading 93 words
We could all use a little good news. According to Space.com, spring is arriving early this year thanks to it being a leap year — the equinox will occur tonight at exactly 11:49 p.m. EDT (0349 GMT on March 20). So in its honor, we thought you’d enjoy this video of flowers blooming, courtesy of […]Continue Reading 66 words
NASA asked school children nominate names for the new Mars rover and the agency announced the winner, Perseverance, late last week from among 28,000 nominations. Alex Mather, a seventh-grader from Springfield, Va., submitted the winning entry and said he was inspired by a NASA Space Camp visit where he saw a giant model of a […]Continue Reading 163 words
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Overnight from Saturday into Sunday, the full moon for the month of February, called the Snow Moon, was particularly spectacular because it occurred about a day before reaching the closest point to Earth in its orbit — and thus it appeared slightly larger than average.
Why This Matters: Understanding these natural phenomena is fundamentally human – it transcends cultures and time.Continue Reading 347 words
There is an important election happening right now! You can vote to name NASA’s next Mars rover. The Agency held an essay contest and invited students from around the country to propose a fitting name for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and write a short essay about it. The nine finalists are: Endurance, K-4, Oliver Jacobs […]Continue Reading 127 words
The European Space Agency has officially joined NASA on a mission to bust near-Earth asteroids through the AIDA space mission.
Humanity-destroying space objects aren’t just out of 90’s action flicks…Continue Reading 381 words
ICYMI, on Monday the planet Mercury made one of its rare appearances transiting the Sun. It won’t do that again until 2032, and that one won’t be visible in the U.S. It was super hard to see, but NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) had several special cameras filming it and on Wednesday they released a […]Continue Reading 172 words
Scientists are calling it a “crisis in cosmology.” According to a new study, which was published last month in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the universe is expanding faster than we thought. Astrophysicists call the discovery the “most exciting development in cosmology in decades.” Researchers used a new technology at the Keck […]Continue Reading 158 words
This spooky season is out of this world! The above image isn’t a jack-o-lantern but rather an image that NASA captured of our sun. According to NASA, the face is the result of active regions of the sun burning more brightly than others. And the image below, though it looks a bit like an eerie, […]Continue Reading 81 words
Video: NASA We know you weren’t losing sleep over this (unlike say the climate crisis), but there is a bit of good news this week. NOAA and NASA announced that the ozone hole measured its smallest size ever for this time of year — typically when it is its largest. The hole, which exists above […]Continue Reading 142 words
Earlier this spring, NASA astronauts were set to conduct the first all-female spacewalk until a lack of properly-fitting space suits cut the historic moment short. Now, finally, the spacewalk has been rescheduled for this morning with astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir as they set out to repair a faulty battery charger on the International Space Station.Continue Reading 246 words