How To Make Your Own Lunar Lander

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 by

Lunar Lander Challenge with Janet’s PlanetMake Your Own Lunar Lander Design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land. Follow the Design Process to: (1) design and build a shock-absorbing system out of paper, straws, and mini-marshmallows; (2) attach their shock absorber to a paper plate platform; and (3) improve

BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO PROBE HAS GONE BEFORE…Voyager 1 has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space, NASA says. Voyager 1 completed its primary mission in 1989, and then kept on flying toward the edge of the heliosphere, the huge bubble of charged particles and magnetic fields that the sun

A Visual Guessing Game

Sunday, 10 March 2013 by

Today’s Space Log post is a bit of a visual challenge. Take a look at the image above and try to guess what you think it is. At first glance, the repeating pattern appears much like that of a honeycomb. The color is kind of grayish brown, like rocks or dirt. Do you think this

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

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

Our Face, In Space!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 by

On July 8, 2011 NASA launched STS-135, the final mission of the space shuttle program. The shuttle might have only had 4 actual crew members but did you know that over three hundred thousand virtual folks also went to space? In fact, Janet’s Planet was one of them! By signing up on NASA’s ‘Face in

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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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been orbiting Mars since 2006, but some recent pictures taken by the powerful camera aboard this vessel are giving us something new to consider. The camera, HiRISE, allows us to see extremely detailed images from the Mars and showed some craters that give scientists reason to believe there is presence

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!