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Science Sunday: Exoplanets!

Science Sunday: Exoplanets!

It seems like nearly every week there’s a new announcement that astronomers have found another exoplanet, a planet orbiting a different star. Sometimes that planet is a Hot Jupiter, sometimes it’s a Super-Earth, sometimes it’s a planet made entirely of diamond or burning ice. Exoplanets are weird, incredibly diverse, and always fascinating. But there are plenty of ice-burning que... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Throw Them Up Like the Canada Arm Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Throw Them Up Like the Canada Arm Edition

Oh my Zeus, Internet. What have you done? First, you somehow made “Gangam Style” by K-Pop star PSY a sensation. (OK, I’ll admit it’s kinda catchy.) Now, students at the NASA Johnson Space Center have done their own version. According to the YouTube page, the musical parody is: …a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA’s Johnson Space Ce... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Crane Lower that Rover Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Crane Lower that Rover Edition

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Awesome Sauce Music Friday! We here at Teen Skepchick are still reeling from the incredible engineering feat that is the landing of the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. (I mean, really! It’s so awesome!) So we’re using today’s music post to continue the celebration! »

Red (Planet) Rover, Come On Over

Red (Planet) Rover, Come On Over

On August 5th, something incredible is waiting to be known. NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, will attempt a landing on the Red Planet. The organization’s scientists and space enthusiasts round this blue planet will be gnawing at their nails, as every bit of information we get will be coming with a 14-minute delay. Curiosity is the largest rover to land on Mars, and has even bigger ... »

Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night

Tonight is Yuri's Night. Fifty-two years ago today, Russian, Yuri Gargarin, was launched into out of Earth's atmosphere–the first person to look down on this pale blue dot from outer space. Years later, scientists, astronomy buffs, and generally cool people gather together to celebrate the monumental occasion. Celebrations take place all around the world, but before you get your st... »

Space shuttle, I hardly knew ye

Space shuttle, I hardly knew ye

If all goes according to plan, the Atlantis will become the last space shuttle to come screaming back through the atmosphere to land on the Earth’s surface. So, that’ll be that. I remember when I heard that NASA was suspending human space flight and retiring the shuttle program. My rationality collided with my nostalgia. Yes, it is a lot of money to go into space and yes, that money could perhaps ... »

Pop Quiz: The Space Shuttle

Pop Quiz: The Space Shuttle

Baring trouble with the weather, the last NASA space shuttle will launch on Friday. I don’t know about you, but when I was young, the space program was what initially got me interested in science. It has everything! Danger, adventure, beauty, possible aliens. Honestly, what’s not to love? And space gets more wonderful and bizarre the more we learn. The idea that we as a species have ad... »