Category Archives: Space

20 Breathtaking Images of Space

Revisiting the Veil NebulaIn honor of Star Wars Day, we thought it would be a good idea to find the most breathtaking images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA! Aside from all of these images completely mesmerizing us time and time again, they also do a really good job at reminding us of how massive the universe actually is. Be prepared to get lost in galaxies and nebulas with our journey of the 20 most breathtaking images of space.

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15 Images That Will Leave You in Awe of Science

This is an image of oil paint floating in a solution of water and methylated spirits.: When you think of science what usually comes to mind? It’s doubtful that colorful imagery or bright, exciting chemical reactions that look like they’re going to jump out at you from the page are top of your list. Believe it or not, all of these images below are in fact science reactions captured by some of the world’s greatest photographers. Read on and be prepared to be completely in awe of science!

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The National Park Service turns 100

yosemite nat parkOn August 25, 2016 The National Park Service will be turning 100 years old. To get ready for this huge milestone in the organization’s history, they have been partnering with institutions across the country on different programs, events and activities to help increase awareness and support for America’s 407 national parks. Now more than ever, it’s important we encourage students to go outdoors and explore everything that nature has to offer and thanks to the National Park Service, we have been able to do that for almost 100 years.

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Eleven Years on Mars

marsIn the very first issue of Headline Discoveries, released in the spring of 2004, we wrote about the exciting news of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, landing just months before in January of that year. In an extended article, within the same issue, we expanded on the rovers’ missions, spacecraft features, as well as conditions on the rusty red planet. Remarkably, as of the writing of this article, Opportunity continues to generate power from its solar panels and traverse the Martian terrain even 11.5 years later!

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Putting Pluto Back into Focus

preview-50-3283Imagine being first to visit an ancient world known to exist for 85 years but never seen before! Dwarf planet Pluto, the largest object in the Kuiper belt, will soon be back in the science spotlight. Smaller than the Moon but more than 12,000 times farther away from Earth, Pluto is thought of by scientists as a tiny frozen time capsule. Made of the same materials as planets and comets, it may harbor secrets of our solar system’s early development.

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A Virtual Walk Around Mars with Microsoft™ HoloLens

microsoft-hololensThere’s no question that working on Mars is a hard gig. Just getting to work calls for a 180-day, one-way commute with no stops for Starbucks™. That is unless you will be investigating the red planet with the new Microsoft™ wearable technology, HoloLens, an augmented-reality headset and platform. Simply put, the HoloLens can project three-dimensional images into the air.
Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been jointly developing software that will allow researchers to move around Mars as if they were really there. Imagine being able to kick through the red Martian dust without leaving your office!
This sounds amazing and requires a bit of explanation.

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Deep Impact and Armageddon for Real

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It was sunrise in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia on a cold February morning in 2013 when early morning commuters were taken by surprise from a visiting UFO. At first, witnesses suspected it to be a missile. Was this an attack? After leaving a bright trail in the sky the ten-ton projectile with a downward striking angle suddenly blew up overhead. The explosion sent bystanders to their knees, and those in their cars or next to glass windows found themselves covered in shards. More than 1500 people reported medical injuries, and the total damage region-wide was estimated to be $3 million dollars. Continue reading “Deep Impact and Armageddon for Real” »

African American History Month- Modern Day Heroes

The final installment in our February series for African American History Month, this post highlights some of the more contemporary scientists and their accomplishments.

These scientists built upon the legacy set by their predecessors, continuing to research, discover and invent to the benefit of all.  Their advancements include treatments for glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis, the microphone as we know it today, methods to research life on Mars, and research on songbirds.  This post features Percy Julian, James West, Emmett Chappelle, and Erich Jarvis.

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African American History Month- Women in Science

Our second installment on our series of African American Scientists focuses on the women and their tremendous accomplishments.

Despite the strong role models included in this post, not to mention the countless others, African American female scientists are still rare. Of the 7,488 science doctorates awarded to Americans in 2004, only  124 of those, or 1.7 percent, were awarded to black women. Still, the women in this post worked hard and against the odds to become tops in their field. One item that they all seem to have in common? A supportive family who stressed the value and opportunities that came with education.

This post features Roger Arliner Young, Marie Maynard Daly, Patricia Bath, Mae Jemison, Aprille Ericsson.

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