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How to Get the Most of The Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

 

On August 21, the United States will be witness to an event that hasn’t happened in 99 years, a total solar eclipse that will span across the entire North America!

“An eclipse was never on my list of things to do, but after seeing two of them, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science Communication. “When you see the sun being covered up by the moon and these little balls in space line up, it doesn’t look like a sky from this planet. It looks like something that … READ MORE

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Spotting the ISS: Just Look to the Sky for Inspiration

International space Station

How A Thunderstorm and The International Space Station
Turned A Swim Meet Upside Down

Most people think that you need a high-powered telescope to spot the International Space Station, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think.

It was pushing 9pm, the final swim meet of the season was only half over, and we’d already been at the pool for more than 4 hours due, in part, to a half-hour “thunder delay” and deluge that hit during warm-ups. My girls were tired, hungry, but still eagerly anticipating the second of their two races each on the night.… READ MORE

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Here We Go Again: Time To Plan Your Nerd’s Summer Camp

CuriousGroundhog Day was just last week, but we parents already know what time it is regardless of Punxsutawney Phil’s predicting we’re in for another six weeks of winter. It’s summer camp sign-up season!

For a few weeks now, parents across the country have been organizing their summer calendars and scrambling to get online as soon as that perfect drama or nature camp’s registration goes “live.”

Oh, were you five minutes late registering? Say hello to the waiting list and move on to the next sleep-away or day camp’s website to try, try again.

A Wealth of Options for Summer Camp

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Meet the Saturn V Rocket – NASA’s Big Rocket

In 1961, President Kennedy pushed for America to go to the Moon by the end of the decade. To do so, NASA was going to need a big rocket: The Saturn V.

Now NASA wants to go to Mars and once again, it’s going big. Real big!

Learn what it took to get to the Moon and how NASA is doing it again as they prepare for Mars.

Nerd on!… READ MORE

Nerds In Real Life Science & Tech

Nerd Profile: The Space Explorer (Part I)

David during environmental testing of New Horizons spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), October 3, 2005. APL uses GSFC’s large thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the space environment, and its acoustic testing chamber to subject spacecraft to sound levels experienced during launch, which cause mechanical vibrations in the spacecraft. David during environmental testing of New Horizons spacecraft at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), October 3, 2005. APL uses GSFC’s large thermal vacuum chamber to simulate the space environment, and its acoustic testing chamber to subject spacecraft to sound levels experienced during launch, which cause mechanical vibrations in the spacecraft.

David Kusnierkiewicz is the Chief Engineer of the Space Exploration Sector of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (APL), where he’s worked for more than 33 years. David studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, earning his B.S in 1976 and M.S. in 1982.  Since then, he’s taken a … READ MORE

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Why Juno Matters: Inspiring the NextGen of Space Nerds

Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted. Still to come: Mars being stepped on.

— Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut – Gemini 12, Apollo 11
Spacecraft Juno will inspire the NextGen of Nerds.

Spacecraft Juno will inspire the NextGen of Nerds.

In 1981, I vividly remember my dad waking me up super early one morning so I could witness history. The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, launched that day. I don’t think I fully understood the impact the moment would have on science, space exploration or the entire … READ MORE