Video: Virtual Astronaut Visit – Dr. Leroy Chiao

Hear first-hand space exploration stories from retired astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao in this May 29, 2020 Virtual Astronaut Visit. Chiao was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and is a veteran of four spaceflights. He logged a total of 229 days in space, including 36 hours of spacewalk time. He

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Van Allen radiation belts

What are the Van Allen radiation belts?

Today we are exploring the Van Allen radiation belts. Find out what they are, when they were discovered, how we study them and more! What belts does earth wear? Van Allen radiation belts.  Over 60 years ago, the United States launched its first satellite into space: Explorer 1, which included

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Exploring Einstein’s world

"Matter tells spacetime how to curve, and curved spacetime tells matter how to move." -J.A. Wheeler Issac Newton’s laws described the motion of objects and gravitation. Published in 1687, Newton’s formulas are still used to describe and calculate rocket trajectories, the motion of satellites and the International Space Station. Although

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Try this at home Part 3: Build a sextant

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space! In this series, get hands-on with some fun and educational activities to do at home with the kiddos. Build your own sextant Objective Investigate celestial navigation, also known as astronavigation, and build a sextant to

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Kaci Hein Zero Gravity

Space Center Houston educator awarded 2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Congratulations to Kaci Heins, Space Center University® Director at Space Center Houston, who has been selected to receive the 2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award!  Prior to her time at Space Center Houston, Heins had a distinguished teaching career, during which she was recognized as 2015 Arizona Science Teachers

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Educator Crew Speaks with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

Educators from across the nation had an opportunity to talk with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call took place May 6. To honor our nation’s educators and in observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 4 to 8, NASA astronaut and current space station

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What is gravity?

One of the many challenges faced by space explorers is the lack of gravity. Everything behaves differently without it – fluids, rockets and human bodies. We see evidence of its presence every day here on Earth, but exactly what is gravity? Isaac Newton – 1689 What is gravity? When the

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What is a black hole?

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration. In this series, we’ll take a quick tour through a science or space topic. Today we are exploring black holes. Black holes have held our attention since their existence was first mathematically predicted by

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Try this at home Part 2: Cleaning water

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space! In this series, get hands-on with some fun and educational activities to do at home with the kiddos. Cleaning water NOTE: The water you clean in this activity is not disinfected. Do not drink. Background

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What is a supernova?

Space is big! Science is cool! Let’s talk about it. Though the center is closed temporarily , we are still passionate about science and space. In this series, we’ll take a quick tour through a science or space topic and give you an overview with cool pictures. Today’s topic is

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