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We are still feeling the warm afterglow of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and thought both these videos captured its essence well. The one above is from Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama which successfully launched nearly 5,000 model rockets at the exact moment Apollo 11 lifted off decades ago — 8:32 a.m. local time on Monday, July 16. They were attempting to break the Guinness record for the number of model rockets lifting off simultaneously — the previous record was 4,231 model rockets launched in summer 2018 at Teylingen College in the Netherlands. And the video below is of the special presentation by the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington commemorating the anniversary of the moon landing by projecting a special video and light show on the Washington Monument. I (Monica) got to see the final show on Saturday night at 11:30 — along with thousands of other space enthusiasts. It was amazing! Enjoy them both!
By the end of July, three countries are sending rockets carrying robots to Mars. For the U.S., its old hat — been there, done that 5 times, but for China and the United Arab Emirates, it’s their maiden voyage. Why three launches so close together? Because Mars passes close to the Earth in its orbit, […]
Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Now we know. According to astronauts, it is “a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.” Hmmm. CNN reports that the fragrance was invented to help astronauts train for space — so that nothing about it would be surprising to them (seems like that would take […]
Using inexpensive tracking technology and a large antenna installed on the International Space Station, a consortium of researchers is hoping to gather a wider range of data than they had using previous tracking technologies, including long migration patterns, allowing them to better understand how climate change and habitat loss impact wildlife.
Why This Matters: In addition to better understanding of wildlife migration and threats, the technology could be used for a range of other goals.
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