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

Launching a Healthy Lunch

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 by

Have you ever visited NASA’s Kid’s Club site? You might expect to see tons of cool stuff about space and our solar system on it, but did you know there is also some really great information about the systems inside our bodies…including our digestive system and what types of food we need to eat each day to

Hungry Enough to Eat Star

Friday, 26 August 2011 by

Have you ever been so hungry you felt like you could eat a horse? How about an entire star? In March, something happened about 3.9 billion light years away that had scientists scratching their heads. X-rays began streaming towards Earth and some satellite images showed evidence of high-energy flares. It turns out that a black

Snuggle Up With A Fluffy Galaxy

Thursday, 11 August 2011 by

Teddy bears, warm towels fresh from the dryer, a new puppy…what do all these things have in common? You could say that each is fluffy. But did you know that a galaxy can be considered fluffy too? 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo is a spiral galaxy called NGC 3521. It is called

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Summer Fun on the Moon

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 by

Hey friends of Janet’s Planet! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! What adventures are you experiencing while the weather is hot? One Janet’s Planet viewer named Ella submitted this picture of her summer vacation that was out of this world! If you thought Ella’s summer vacation was to the moon, you’re almost right! She

Are you like us here at Janet’s Planet and excited to follow every move of the final shuttle STS-135 on its adventure in space? Never fear fellow space lovers! Thanks to a fun interactive tool on NASA’s website, we can all follow along as if we were right there with the team aboard the shuttle Atlantis!

Hey there all you fantastic fans of Janet’s Planet. Did you know that there are plans in the works for Janet’s Planet to come to a city near you in the form of a live stage show? Janet’s Planet Live, A Tour Through the Solar System is a 45-minute action packed show featuring Janet and a

Are any of you fantastic Janet’s Planet fans on twitter? Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is hosting an event called a “Tweetup” for some of its Twitter followers. While these folks had to register awhile back to attend in person, it’s not too late for you to attend the event, virtually

The Art of Space

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 by

If you were asked to interpret the work of NASA through art, what would it look like? This is just the question a group of famous artists was asked and the works produced as their answers are in a new show. The show, ‘NASA/Art: 50 Years of Exploration’ is a traveling exhibition of about 50

Dreaming of Space Travel

Friday, 20 May 2011 by

Today on the Space Log, we’re featuring the artwork of a very talented kid. Matteo Lopez’ Google Doodle, shown above, was the winner in a nationwide contest hosted by the well-known search engine. Doodle 4 Google is a competition where students in grades K-12 are invited to share their talent through art and compete to

Did you know that it’s possible for you to become a citizen of Mars, without ever leaving your house? NASA has created a fun site that allows you to see what it would be like to live as a Martian. From the main page, you are taken into Citizenship Hall where you can take a tour 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