A Famous Bird Leaves the Nest

Friday, 24 June 2011 by

Most kids don’t leave home for the first time until they have finished high school, and some much later. How would you feel if you had been expected to leave home after just 49 days of life? This might sound crazy for humans, who at 49 days old are still just babies, but for birds

It’s Heating Up

Thursday, 09 June 2011 by

The south is in the midst of a killer heatwave, with a forecast of 19 consecutive days of temperatures hitting 90 degrees or higher. This week also saw a unique space happening that was pretty hot. On Tuesday, the sun released a medium sized solar flare which caused particles to erupt in the shape of

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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

Sally Ride Day!

Thursday, 26 May 2011 by

Today on the Space Log blog, we’re celebrating a special lady, Ms. Sally Ride, whose birthday it is. In 1983, she became the first American woman (and then youngest American) to go to space. Ride joined the NASA team in 1978 after answering a newspaper ad looking for space program applicants. She was one of

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

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

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 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