John Carter on Mars
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Science Sunday: Jumping on Mars and Other Extreme Sports

On March 8th, 2012 Disney’s John Carter was released in theaters to the general public.  Adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 pulp novel, A Princess of Mars, the movie’s plot follows the swashbuckling antics of John Carter, a disillusioned Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars after he kills …

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Awe-stronomy Day

Today is Astronomy Day! Today is a day for stargazing and telescope pointing and squinting into eyepieces and being grouchy when clouds get in your way. It's a day for awe at the night sky, and watching others' faces light up under the stars. So today, let's talk some history, some …


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 …


Greetings, Teen Earthlings!

When I was a young earthling myself, this was my favorite book to read (or pretend to read – or just look at the shiny pictures and maps): This is a 1968 edition of The Reader’s Digest Great World Atlas. It belonged to my great-grandmother (something of which my mother …