Blue Marble Apollo 17

Classic ‘Blue Marble’ Image Of Earth Gets An Update

The image is iconic, timeless.


The New Horizons spacecraft sent back this stunning image of Pluto. (Credit: NASA)

A Love Note From Space: Pluto Like You Have Never Seen It Before

Culminating a nearly 10 year, three billion mile journey, earthlings on Tuesday were treated to the most detailed images of Pluto since the dwarf planet was discovered 85 years ago.


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk Pushing To Maintain Funding For Grants Promoting Interest In Space, Science

Senator Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama wanted to cut, by a third, the Space Grant Program that funds research, education and service projects designed to promote an interest in space and the sciences.


NASA (Photo by Jim Watson/Getty Images)

NASA Chief: Alien Life Contact Possible By 2025

During a panel discussion discussing water sources in the universe, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan stated that she believes humans could come in contact with the first iterations of alien life by the year 2025.


2016 President Campaign Hopeful Ted Cruz (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ted Cruz Climate Change Comments Make Him ‘Unfit’ For Presidency

It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.


Jupiter and its moons (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

NASA: Solar System’s Biggest Moon May Have More Water Than All Of Earth

The largest moon in the solar system harbors a salty ocean beneath its icy shell, the latest member to join a growing club of watery moons, NASA said Thursday.


The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft takes off from its launchpad on December 5, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The heavy-lift rocket will boost the unmanned Orion capsule to an altitude of 3,600 miles, and returning for a splashdown west of Baja California after a four and half hour flight.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Space Enthusiasts Watch Historic Orion Launch At Adler Planetarium

Wind and technical problems held up the first attempt to launch NASA’s first deep space exploration vehicle on Thursday, but not Friday morning, as the unmanned Orion spacecraft rocketed into orbit 3,600 miles above the Earth.


Photo by NASA/Liaison

The People Who Took Us To The Moon

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the 1969 landing on the moon and the realization of President Kennedy’s dream.


(Credit: NASA)

NASA Captures Image Of Midwest ‘Whiteout’

When one looks at a photo like this, it makes one feel really, really small.


Neil Mottinger (center) with colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.  (Photo courtesy Neil Mottinger)

Oswego Engineer Celebrating 1st Anniversary Of Mars Rover Landing

“It’s just unbelievable. They’ve had great success with tons of interesting science,” said Oswego native Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

WBBM Newsradio–08/06/2013

Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt

Planetarium To Honor Anniversary Of Apollo 17

Three Apollo program astronauts will have their footprints set into concrete on Tuesday at the Adler Planetarium, in a ceremony to honor veterans of the final moon landing.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2012

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong poses in front of his photo during a visit to the Prince Felipe Museum, in Valencia 26 July 2005.AFP PHOTO JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Friends Of Neil Armstrong Remember Modest Astronaut

“There was no space cowboy thing going on,” former NASA secretary Janet Faina of Naperville says. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers James Wong (L) and Errin Dalshaug (R) examine a full size engineered model of the Mars rover Curiosity at JPL in Pasadena, California August 2, 2012. NASA said Thursday all was well ahead of its nail-biting mission to Mars, with its most advanced robotic rover poised to hunt for clues about past life and water on Earth's nearest planetary neighbor. On a two-year journey to seek out signs of environments that once sustained life, the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory and the largest and most sophisticated rover ever built, Curiosity, is set for August 6, 2012. (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Chicago Native To Oversee Curiosity Landing On Mars

The landing of the rover Curiosity early Monday on Mars is being called the science event of the decade, and Chicago-native John Grunsfeld will oversee the operation in the first major undertaking of his new tenure as NASA’s top scientist.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2012

Sally Ride (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Sally Ride, A Role Model For The Ages

Looking around our nation, it’s obvious that we need more heroines and heroes with Sally Ride’s brave and courageous character. Her inspiration and legacy must live on to create the heroines – and heroes – of the future.


A moon rock on display at the Tribune Tower has been removed. A new moon rock will be embedded in the Tribune Tower's walls by spring 2012. (Photo courtesy Chicago Architecture Blog)

Tribune Tower Moon Rock Gone, But New Rock Coming

The famous moon rock displayed along Michigan Avenue has been removed, but it’s only temporary.

WBBM Newsradio–09/28/2011

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft

Southwest Suburban High School Teacher Set To Fly High With NASA

Lincoln-Way North High School teacher Margaret Piper will be flying high as part of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program.


Space Shuttle Simulator

Simulator, But No Space Shuttle For Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium lost out on its bid to host one of the four retiring space shuttles on Tuesday, but it will be getting the next best thing: a shuttle simulator used to train astronauts.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

The Adler Planetariumis shown in downtow

Government Shutdown Would Delay Announcement Of NASA Shuttle Coming To Adler Planetarium

A government shutdown would put the brakes on plans by NASA to announce the winners of three retired space shuttles. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports… the Adler Planetarium is in the running.

WBBM Newsradio–04/08/2011

Full Moon

Biggest Moon In 20 Years Coming Saturday

Be sure to look outside on Saturday night, because the moon will be at its largest size in almost 20 years.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011

An artist's rendering of the space shuttle at the Adler Planetarium. (Credit: Adler Plantarium)

Adler Planetarium Makes Bid For NASA Space Shuttle

The Adler Planetarium is mounting a campaign to land one of NASA’s retired space shuttle orbiters.