SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon, which is set to fly in February.

Thursday Spinoffs - Falcon 9

May 28, 2020

Why is the Falcon 9 such a big deal? Named after the Millennium Falcon, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is the world's first orbital class reusable rocket used to transport payloads (and people!) to the International Space Station. Space travel is notoriously expensive and normally rockets costing hundreds of millions of dollars...

Puff the Magic Dragon TV film cover image

Pop Culture Wednesdays - Puff the Magic Dragon

May 27, 2020

We're bummed the SpaceX Demo-2 launch was scrubbed today due to unfavorable weather, but we still want to celebrate history about to be made! Do you know why the capsule is called 'Dragon'? Back in 2002, when SpaceX first debuted, critics told Musk his SpaceX venture was impossible. So, Musk...

This diagram shows the Falcon 9 liftoff, capsule separation enabling the astronauts to reach the ISS, and finally, the autonomous landing of the rocket.

Tuesday Fun Facts - Launch from American Soil

May 26, 2020

We're excited for the Crew Dragon launch TOMORROW ! This is the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since 2011! As part of the Demo-2 mission, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

Photo from NASA HST the Pillars of creation

Photon Mondays - Inspirational Pillars

May 25, 2020

The famous Pillars of Creation within the Eagle Nebula (AKA M16) as seen from HST ! This nebula sits 7,000 light-years from Earth within the inner Sagittarius-Carina Arm of the Milky Way. These incredible pillars are a part of a stellar nursery where new stars are being created. The winds...

Night full of stars from Brainard Lake, CO with evergreen trees in the foreground

Sunday Masterpieces - A Night Full of Stars

May 24, 2020

Welcome to our new Masterpiece feature! Share your astro photos and we’ll post them every Sunday. To kick things off, here's a photo taken by @polaroidcall . Set up at Brainard Lake, CO in Sept. 2019 using a Canon EOS R equipped with a 16-35mm lens, she set the camera...

Cover of the book Elon Musk- Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Saturday Astro Reads - Elon Musk

May 23, 2020

Keeping with this week's theme leading up to the much anticipated SpaceX Crew Dragon launch, our featured book is Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future . Written by Ashlee Vance, this New York Times and international bestseller dives into the entrepreneur’s background and visionary spirit...

Still image from film WALL-E looking up at the universe.

Friday Flicks - WALL-E

May 22, 2020

Do you know where your Waste Allocation Load Lifter-Earth class is? Our Fiske Friday Flick this week is Wall-E! Left on Earth as the last remaining unit to continue cleaning trash left behind centuries before, WALL-E has plenty of time to develop a personality. When humans send an EVE unit...

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, walk through the Crew Access Arm connecting the launch tower to the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during a dress rehearsal at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 17, 2020. Credits: SpaceX

Thursday Spinoffs - Hollywood Style

May 21, 2020

Fashion right out of a sci-fi movie! Next week, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first crew to fly onboard Dragon to the ISS. It's only fitting they wear new space suits. Created by Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez — who designed costumes for Wolverwine, Wonder Woman,...

The Musk Who Fell To Earth still image from episode with Homer and Elon Musk

Pop Culture Wednesdays - The Simpsons

May 20, 2020

Only one week until SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launches with NASA astronauts ! So, we thought it would be fun to add a bit of space-related pop culture to your life and feature Elon Musk's Simpsons episode! Back in 2015, Musk himself had a cameo on an episode entitled " The...

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars.

Tuesday Fun Facts - Mars Perseverance

May 19, 2020

58 days and counting til the Mars Perseverance rover launch! What will this new rover uncover? Much like the Curiosity rover of 2011 (still happily roving on Mars) the Perseverance rover will search for signs of ancient microbial life. And, with a new drill, it’ll collect core sample caches for...