Tag: space

First the Moon, Now Mars: A Look at Rocket Science in Reaching the Red Planet

First the Moon, Now Mars: A Look at Rocket Science in Reaching the Red Planet

Americans reached the moon 50 years ago – what do the next 50 years look like for space exploration and travel?

What Jellyfish Taught us About Microgravity

What Jellyfish Taught us About Microgravity

Think for a minute about your grandkid’s grandkids. Where are they living? Perhaps you momentarily considered the possibility of your intrepid descendants dwelling in outer space. You’re not alone: since 1991, when the  Space Life Sciences 1 mission was launched (SLS-1), there has been intensive…

“GEER”ing up for Planet Simulation

“GEER”ing up for Planet Simulation

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the surface of another planet up close? Well, NASA researchers in Cleveland are making this possible right here on Earth. The Glenn Extreme Environments Rig (GEER) is a chamber capable of regenerating temperatures, pressures…

Understanding the Space of Space

Understanding the Space of Space

In the past, the largest obstacle that separated humans was distance. In the first half of the 20th century, we built machines that made it possible to drive non-stop from Wilmington, NC to San Diego, CA in one and a half days or to fly…

The End of A Planetary Road Trip

The End of A Planetary Road Trip

Recently, NASA’s JUNO spacecraft slowed down by 1,212 miles per hour in a carefully coordinated 35 minute maneuver. This slowdown is similar to you slamming on the brakes to stop your car on the highway in 2 seconds. Braking to the exact right speed allowed…