Virtual Field Trip: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

The Apollo moon landing.  The Hubble Space Telescope.  The Curiosity Rover. For over 60 years, NASA has been behind some of the most iconic feats of engineering in modern history, making it one of our nation’s most cherished institutions.  At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, exhibits tell the story of NASA’s successes …

I’m Not a Scientist, Why Should I Care About Science?

Science can feel exclusive – reserved only for those with the highest degrees and the most laboratory hours. But it shouldn’t feel this way. Science is at the very core of what makes us human. It is a desire to explore and understand everything around us. Science is a curiosity-driven, awe-inspiring yearning to know. You …

A Human’s Place in Space

The question is as old as the space program itself: what is the point of sending humans into space? Not everyone has been an enthusiastic supporter of manned spaceflight. Speaking about the Apollo moon program, two-time Nobel prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling had this to say: “It is a pitiful demonstration…For the same investment, it would …

Supporting Life in Space: An Interview with Ed O’Connor

“Do you wear a snowsuit to keep warm in the winter? Or bring a backpack to school?” asks Science Center volunteer Ed O’Connor as a young girl stares up at the space suit replica in the Connecticut Science Center’s Space Gallery. “Well, this suit does the same thing for astronauts; it has everything to keep …

Waiting for the Amazing: Reflection on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

As an experienced space nerd, you learn to be patient. The Universe doesn’t make it quick or convenient for us Earthlings to visit other planets or witness far-off celestial events. Want to catch a shuttle to Mars but missed your flight? Too bad; you’ll have to wait two years for the next optimal launch when …

Science Sunday: Protecting Astronauts from the Sun

As the Connecticut Science Center celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Science Sunday has a new space-themed edition asking the question: How do we protect our astronauts from the harmful radiation of the sun?  Once astronauts leave the protective magnetic field surrounding our earth, they can be left vulnerable to health …

NASA’s Women in STEM: Then & Now

From Margaret Hamilton and Katherine Johnson in the 1960s to Katie Bouman in 2019, women have been a central, if too-long overlooked, part of the space field. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we recognize the contribution of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in a fast-fact comparison …

Top 4 Out-of-this-World Space Events to See in July

Get ready to explore new phenomena in space this summer, right from your own backyard! In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, Down to a Science is featuring content about space all through the month of July. Take your summer stargazing to the next level and check …