Meet Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Scientist
Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer who studies binary stars and the life cycles of stars, and is Deputy Director of Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is a regular contributor on Science Channel’s How the Universe Works and, in her off-hours, Michelle often puts on about 30 lbs of Elizabethan garb and performs intricate Renaissance dances. She also hosts her podcast, Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller, where she takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about life here on … READ MORE
2017 Raising Nerd Mega Holiday Wish List:
BONUS Nerdy Books Edition Part 2
“The problem in our country isn’t with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Ray Douglas Bradbury knew a thing or two about creativity, books, and culture. He wrote 27 novels, more than 600 short stories and poems, dozens of teleplays and stage plays, and the screenplay for Moby Dick before he passed in June 2012.
Ray Bradbury’s writing fed the curiosity of … READ MORE
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
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
Groundhog 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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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