On May 5, 1961 Alan Shephard became the first American in space. Fifty years later astronauts and regular people alike are still dreaming of how that must have felt. We know that the first man in space was Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin from an earlier post here on the Space Log. Shephard volunteered as part of

Staying Safe in All Weather

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 by

The south is still in recovery mode after the storms that ripped through the area in the last few weeks. Some NASA images taken via Landsatellite are helping scientists understand the paths of the tornadoes. You might have heard your parents talking about the storms, or maybe you even live near where they took place. Storms that

Since the beginning of time, humans have looked at the sky and wondered about its secrets. Long before space exploration was even a glimmer in anyone’s imagination, we gazed above and wondered what it would be like to fly. When you see a flock of birds gracefully soaring among the clouds, do you ever wonder

Scientists of Slime

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 by

Since this Friday is Earth Day and April is Earth Month, today’s post celebrates an important, but unsung hero of our Earth’s ecosystem: green slime. The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view-Sensor or SeaWiFS is an instrument that was carried on the OrbView-2 spacecraft and sent data to scientists about phytoplankton and algae in Earth’s bodies of water.

A Young Old Galaxy

Friday, 15 April 2011 by

As a kid, there are probably things you haven’t done yet. They might include drive a car, get a job, or have your own money. Maybe you wish you were older so you could do these things. Most adults will tell you they wish they were young again. Some begin to dread their birthdays’ arrival.

Space History: 50 Years Later

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 by

Have you ever taken a trip only to ask your parents “are we there yet?” Your trip might have taken several hours or even days, depending on how far away your destination was. One very important trip that took place on this day in history lasted only 108 minutes, or 12 minutes shy of 2

Vacation…on the Moon?

Friday, 08 April 2011 by

Did you know that once upon a time, you didn’t have to be an astronaut to go to the moon? In the 1960s, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) started a program called “First Moon Flights Club” and even issued membership cards to folks who wanted to join up. After the success of the space

The Astronaut’s Old Clothes

Wednesday, 06 April 2011 by

Have you ever heard the phrase, “the clothes make the man?” While education, experience and passion for space are all important aspects in the career of an astronaut, you can’t get very far without the proper wardrobe. There’s a neat interactive feature on the New York Times website that gives you a chance for a closer look

Earth Day is April 22, but this year, let’s celebrate our earth all month long. Many communities are hosting events during the month of April which will allow citizens to come out and participate in clean-ups, recycling drives and other fun activities. Check your local community calendars to see if there are fun ways to

The Golden Oldies

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 by

Do you enjoy riding along with your parents or grandparents in the car and singing out loud to the music on the radio? Maybe you have a favorite CD you always bring with you or your own mp3 player or iPod. Did you know that before things like iPods and CDs, people listened to music

The Skinny on Pluto

Friday, 25 March 2011 by

Earlier this week on the space log, we talked about the planets in our solar system and how they are arranged in order from the sun. We learned about how something called a mnemonic device can help us remember things. We mentioned that while Pluto was included in our mnemonic, it is actually no longer

Remember This?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 by

  Have you ever heard of a mnemonic device? No, it isn’t that thing your doctor uses to hold down your tongue when you say “ahhh.” A mnemonic device is a little trick that helps us to remember something which we might not otherwise be able to remember. You might be wondering what this has