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

The Luck of The Irish…in Space?

Thursday, 17 March 2011 by

Many people celebrate the traditionally Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s day by wearing green and attending festivals or other fun events. To honor old St. Pat here on the Space Log, we’re showing you an image of his homeland, Ireland, that was taken from space! It isn’t hard to see why Ireland is nicknamed “the

Hey friends! There’s a fun event coming up that we wanted to share with you…the first ever Music City Kid Expo in Franklin, TN! This all day event will be packed full of excitement, including games, inflatables, and a petting zoo. The most exciting part is that Janet will be performing! Check out the Janet’s Planet Facebook page for more details!

Do you have a hobby that you really enjoy? Maybe you play a sport or are part of a team or group. From soccer to math club to piano, whatever it is that you do probably adds a lot of fun to your life. More than likely, your hobby or activity also requires some amount