In 1961 on this date, President John F. Kennedy, in his second State of the Union Message to Congress, announced his intention that the United States “…land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth” by the end of the 1960s. This is now seen as the beginning of the Space Race… Continue reading
On this date in 1945, the United States begins recovery of 14 tons of V-2 rocket documentation as part of Project Paperclip. The German rocket team directs American troops to a mine hiding technical documentation from Peenemunde, a Nazi re-search and development site.
On this day in 1965, the Life Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Space Science Board recommended that NASA, for at least three weeks, quarantine all astronauts returning from the moon to prevent possible contamination of the Earth by extraterrestrial organisms.
This is the Saint Louis Science Center’s NIGHT SKY UPDATE for the week of Friday, May 22, 2020. Information updated weekly or as needed. Times given as local St. Louis time (CDT). For definitions of terminology used in the night sky update, click the highlighted text. For now, star parties at the Saint Louis Science… Continue reading
New moon occurs today. This is not good for those hoping to see the moon, but it is good for other observing concerns. A major issue for many of us is light pollution. The moon is a natural source of light pollution and it is worst near full moon. New moon offers darker skies. Please… Continue reading
In 2005 on this day, the US unmanned probe Cassini successfully flies by Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn.
On November 19, 1969, astronaut Pete Conrad became the third person to step foot on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 12 mission. This four-piece inflight coverall garment set was made for and worn by Conrad in space. They are made of a highly fire resistant, Teflon-coated cloth. The slippery qualities of the… Continue reading
There are numerous satellites visible every clear night. The best one to start with is the International Space Station. Communication satellites, spent rocket stages and many other satellites can be found. Visit the Heavens Above website to find out more about satellite viewing.
On this day in 1917, Robert H. Goddard (sometimes called the ‘Father of American Rocketry’) proposes the use of sonar to the US Navy. The Navy advises him they are not at all interested in the new device.
Telescopes were a great invention for astronomy, but they are not necessary to study objects in space. If you have binoculars at home, there are numerous targets for you to look for. Start with the Moon; you might be surprised how much you can see. Craters, mountains, ancient lava flows and more!