On today’s date just two years ago today, SpaceX, a space transportation company in California, launched for the first time the Falcon 9 rocket. This was (and is) an important occurrence in the timeline of development of commercial space travel…aka regular people getting to travel in space. The Falcon 9 was launched into low-Earth orbit

Next week, some exciting things are happening in the sky and if you live in certain parts of the United States or Asia, you just might get to see them. Sunday May 20 will be the date of an annular solar eclipse, which is what happens when the moon passes directly in front of the

Here at Janet’s Planet Space Log blog, we’re very excited because Friday, May 4 is International Space Day. Started in 1997, Space Day is an educational initiative that takes place each year on either the first Thursday or Friday of May. The day is a chance for folks everywhere to honor the amazing, incredible achievements

Some exciting things happened today in New York City, as the Enterprise, a prototype for space shuttles flew over the area, piggybacked on a special 747 jet and landed at Kennedy International Airport. Arriving from Washington’s Dulles Airport, the shuttle weighs 150,000 pounds. Groups of folks gathered to watch it soar over New York Harbor,

Do you have a telescope? If you don’t go to your local science center or observatory and take a look through theirs; because since the earliest days of astronomy, since the time of Galileo, astronomers have shared a single goal — to see more, see farther, see deeper.   On this date in history, April

Today is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, a ship that cost so much and was so carefully constructed that no one even believed what happened would have been possible. The ship bumped into an iceberg, but some scientists are now throwing around some different ideas about why exactly this happened.

Tidying Up, In Space?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 by

Have you ever made a giant mess in your room and your mom or dad refused to let you come out of there until you cleaned it up? A group of scientists in Switzerland are playing clean-up but it’s not because of a messy room. The Swiss Space Center is launching a satellite called CleanSpace

Video games are a fun way to pass the time, but did you know there’s one game in particular that is helping astronauts explain the mystery of science?   NASA astronaut Don Pettit is the guy and would you believe the game is called Angry Birds Space?   NASA has been working with Rovio Entertainment,

Honoring African-Americans in Space

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 by

Somehow February went by like a flash, but here at the Janet’s Planet Spacelog Blog, we didn’t want this month, which happens to be Black History Month, to pass us by without honoring some of the amazing African-American individuals who have contributed to our country’s space program.   Never heard of Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr.?

What Do Martians Eat For Breakfast?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 by

There’s no shortage of cooking shows on television these days and you can watch to learn how to make just about any dish your heart desires. Maya Cooper spends much of her time experimenting with food, but she’s no tv chef. Maya works for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Her job consists

Here at the Space Log blog, we love to brag on folks who are doing exciting things in the world of science. Kevin Temmer is one of those people and that’s why we’re featuring him this week on Janet’s Planet. Kevin is a recent graduate from Land O’ Lakes High School in Florida and he

In February 2012, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will host its annual meeting and for the first time in decades, the meeting will be held here in Canada! The event will draw thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators and policy makers, as well as hundreds of science journalists, to Vancouver. To