Far side of the Moon

This week China not only landed on the dark side of the moon, but they also started growing plants there. Not in the lunar soil….yet. But they did wait to water the seeds until the craft touched down on the far side of the moon, and have now begun to …

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Yep, Uranus smells like farts

In a scientific discovery that is sure to delight elementary and middle school kids for ages, we have just learned that Uranus does, in fact, smell awful. To be precise, it smells like a whole bunch of rotten egg farts. Who are we kidding, this new discovery won’t just delight school …

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Space Lasers | Imaging with Light

Our internet has gone from non-existent, to modems the size of VCRs playing horrible noises, to minuscule devices that can download and transmit huge amounts of information in a heartbeat (literally). The internet tools, as we know them, allow us to send school photos to Grandma, email entire PhD thesis, …

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Fresh Astronaut Food: Growing food on the ISS, the Moon, and Mars

EDEN:ISS is working on growing edible fresh astronaut food in antarctica.

Astronaut food poses a major problem for future space exploration. We can only send so much freeze-dried food aboard shuttle missions, and the International Space Station (ISS) is in constant need of being restocked with rations lest the astronauts aboard would starve.  How can we go on future long-term missions to the Moon …

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Full moon, Blue moon, Supermoon and more! Learning lunar phases

January 2018 brings a whole new year, a year filled with astronomical observations, meteor showers, and many moons. But January this year, in particular, has a plethora of moons. This month we will see a wolf moon, two supermoons, a blue moon, a lunar eclipse, and of course some full moons. Basically, …

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Asteroid Death Smash

65 million years ago an asteroid collided with Earth and took out massive swaths of life – obliterating almost all of the dinosaur species in one fell swoop. Let’s take a look at some cool facts from the big wipe out. The survivors. First, the survivors. The asteroid death smash …

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Adaptive optics at the Paranal Observatory

Oh my gosh, this reminds me so much of Rosie’s adventure in defeating the Asteroid of Doom in our Optics trilogy!! This spectacular view of a laser firing up into the cosmos comes from the European Southern Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, where scientists have recently activated the new Four …

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Surviving the Vacuum of Space: The Water Bear

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Space is a harsh environment. To date, there is only one species on our planet that was found capable of surviving the vacuum of space – the water bear. In fact, in 2008 scientists put water bears in space for ten days with no protection. Once they returned home and …

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