Category Archives: Space

Good Movie, Mostly

Finished watching “The Martian” tonight. Started it on Oct. 3rd. Continued it on Oct. 7th. Got about 1 minute past the “7 months later” part and called it quits. Then picked the movie back up today (Mar. 9) and managed … Continue reading

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Planets vs Moons – Location! Location! Location!

I don’t want to lose this AGAIN: it’s here. Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! comic strip from June 01, 2014 showing the 7 largest moons in our solar system to scale with Mercury and Pluto.

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Magnetic North Left Canada!

I didn’t know Magnetic North left Canada in 2017!! Apparently it’s crossed the international date line (meaning it is no longer on the same side of the globe as North America.) WOW Swarm helps pinpoint new magnetic north for smartphones

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We all knew the obsession started young:

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NASAs Opportunity Rover is fighting for its life in a Martian dust storm

NASAs Opportunity Rover is fighting for its life in a Martian dust storm It’s true. NASA’s Opportunity rover (aka “Oppy”) is hunkered down under the heaviest part of the worst Martian dust storm seen since before the rovers landed. I … Continue reading

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Mars: Did You Know? #4

The U.S. just launched a new mission to Mars. As in JUST launched. It successfully took off shortly after 7 am (EDT) on Saturday, May 5th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California! It’s a lander (not a rover) called Insight. … Continue reading

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Mars: Did You Know? #3

While the USA was first to successfully fly by and image Mars (Mariner 4) in 1964, the former USSR was the first to both successfully orbit Mars and successfully land on Mars (Mars 3 Orbiter/Lander) in 1971! I bet you … Continue reading

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Mars: Did You Know? #2

Mars is half the diameter of Earth, but both planets have the same amount of dry land. (Yes, it’s a coincidence.) How Big Is Mars

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Mars: Did You Know? #1

While Curiosity celebrated being on Mars for 2000 sols (Martian days) on March 22, I think it’s cooler that Curiosity celebrated being on Mars for 3 Martian years on March 26! Extra Credit: It is currently year 34 on Mars. … Continue reading

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Mars Rovers!

In honor of the “Mars Rovers!” lesson I will be teaching tomorrow at a local elementary school, here is a picture of the 3 generations of Mars Rovers. It’s a real picture too! “How?” I hear you ask, as you … Continue reading

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