Category Archives: Space & Astronomy

The Pi Day of the Century

The Pi Day of the Century

Can you use Pi to solve these problems from NASA’s JPL before Pi day this Saturday? Read More

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To Catch a Comet: PBS Documentary About Rosetta

To Catch a Comet: PBS Documentary About Rosetta

You may have heard the amazing news last week that the European Space Agency successfully landed a probe on a comet. This week as part of its “Think Wednesday” programming, PBS will broadcast To Catch a Comet, an hour-long, in-depth documentary about the the mission and how the ESA managed to land the Philae lander on an icy rock hurtling through space. Read More

Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Yuri’s Night Is a Time to Celebrate and Reflect on Why We Must Go Into Space

Fifty-three years ago today, Yuri Gagarin pierced the veil of Earth’s fragile atmosphere in his Vostok 1 space capsule, becoming the first human being to enter “outer space.” His trip was barely even dipping the tip of a toe into the ocean, but what he began should always be remembered in the annals of human history. In 2001 George and Loretta Whitesides (nee Hidalgo) threw a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Yuri’s flight. That party has grown into a yearly event, with over 300 parties around the world being held today and this weekend. Read More

The Martian — Mars Meets MacGyver

The Martian — Mars Meets MacGyver

Do you remember that scene in Apollo 13 when the engineer dumps a bunch of parts on the table and tells the other engineers in the room they need to create a carbon dioxide filter using nothing but that pile of parts? Did that scene totally make you smile? Yes? Then grab a copy of The Martian before anyone ruins it for you and read it. Seriously Read it. You won’t regret it. Read More