Category Archives: Space Place

SPACE PLACE | JULY 2018

There are millions of pieces of rocky material left over from the formation of our solar system. These rocky chunks are called asteroids, and they can be found orbiting our sun. Most asteroids are found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They orbit the sun in a doughnut-shaped region of space called the asteroid […]

SPACE PLACE | MARCH 2018

Sixty Years of Observing Our Earth

Satellites are a part of our everyday life. We use global positioning system (GPS) satellites to help us find directions. Satellite television and telephones bring us entertainment, and they connect people all over the world. Weather satellites help us create forecasts, and if there’s a disaster — such as […]

NASA Space Place

There are many places on Earth where it snows, but did you know it snows on other worlds, too? Here are just a few of the places where you might find snow beyond Earth:
Mars

The north pole and south pole of Mars have ice caps that grow and shrink with the seasons. These […]

Nasa Space Place | January 2018

The United States had a rough hurricane season this year. Scientists collect information before and during hurricanes to understand the storms and help people stay safe. However, collecting information during a violent storm is
very difficult.

Hurricanes are constantly changing. This means that we need a lot of really precise data about the storm. […]

Spooky in Space: NASA Images

Have you ever seen a cloud that looks sort of like a rabbit? Or maybe a rock formation that looks a bit like an elephant? Although you know that a cloud isn’t really a giant rabbit in the sky, it’s still fun to look for patterns in images from nature. Can you spot some familiar […]

Nasa Space Place | Cassini Says Goodbye

Cassini Says Goodbye

Teagan Wall

 

On Sept. 15, the Cassini spacecraft began its final mission. It started its dive into the planet Saturn, where it will gather information and send it back to Earth for as long as possible. During the dive, it will eventually burn up in the atmosphere, much like a […]

Space Place October 2017

On Aug. 21, the sky darkened, the temperature dropped and all 50 United States were able to see the moon pass — at least partially — in front of the sun. It’s a solar eclipse!

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting its shadow on Earth. Sometimes […]

Space Place September 2017

On July 4, 1997, NASA’s Mars Pathfinder landed on the surface of Mars. It landed in an ancient flood plain that is now dry and covered with rocks. Pathfinder’s mission was to study the Martian climate, atmosphere and geology. At the same time, the mission also tested lots of new technologies.

For example, the Pathfinder […]

Space Place – August 2017

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM LIGHT? By Teagan Wall

When you look up at the night sky and see stars, what you’re seeing is light produced by those stars many years ago. Because this is how we study the stars, it helps to know a few cool things about light. For example, light always travels […]

Space Place – July 2017

GETTING A BOOST FROM GRAVITY By Linda Hermans-Killiam

It takes a lot of fuel to escape Earth’s gravity. The more a spacecraft weighs, the more fuel rockets need to launch them. Spacecraft also have to carry fuel to help them travel through space. Every bit of fuel adds weight and cost to space missions. Fortunately, […]