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Welcome to the Adler's Blogs! Adler Transmissions provides you with the latest news and views from Adler's astronomers, curators, partners, and programming staff. From Earth to distant planets and beyond, This Week in Space discusses the latest discoveries and accomplisments in science, space, and technology.

NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. 

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Alvan Clark at the Adler

Ever since Galileo used the first refracting telescope to observe the moon in 1609, scientists have expanded their knowledge of the skies.

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Antares Launches Demo Flight to Space Station

NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard its Antares rocket at 10:58am EDT today from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

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Volunteering at the Adler

Being part of the volunteer community at the Adler Planetarium is a great opportunity because it allows you to work with a diverse group of people and explore new vistas in the world of astronomy. 

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NASA Celebrates National Aerospace Week

This week NASA  joins the rest of the aerospace industry in marking National Aerospace Week, an annual observance that recognizes the enormous contribution the aerospace industry makes to America’s economy, global competitiveness and national security.

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Adler Inspires Teachers, Parents to Share Science with Young People

The past couple weeks have been busy for Adler’s Education Department as we get ready for the new school year. Every year, the start of school is an exhilarating time where we can rethink how teachers, students, and parents engage with Adler through educational experiences.

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Voyager Embarks on Journey into Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is officially the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.

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An Astronomer's Journey

I really enjoy being up on the Museum floor talking with our visitors. As well as sharing some of the latest astronomy news, I also answer a lot of questions from all types of people. A favorite question, usually asked by a starry-eyed young kid, is “How did you become an astronomer?”

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LADEE Launches, Heads for the Moon

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is headed toward the moon after launching on a Minataur V rocket last night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Fall Opportunities for Teens at the Adler

Reading and writing about science and other STEM topics can be an intimidating endeavor. With the wide world of the internet at hand information is readily accessible, just a quick search away. Yet when the search results appear, there might be a pause - where to start?

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Kepler Can Still Hunt For Earth-Sized Exoplanets, Researchers Suggest

NASA's Kepler spacecraft may not be finished with its planet-hunting yet. Even though two of its four reaction wheels are no longer working, it may still be able to search for potentially-habitable exoplanets around smaller stars.

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The World's First Tabletop Planetarium?

The tabletop planetarium moved the Copernican revolution from the university into the homes of society's upper crust—a big step toward the eventual popularization of astronomy.

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Teens Explore the Edge of Space

Teachers and student interns teamed up this summer in effort to expand the reach of the Adler Planetarium’s Far Horizons program, which sends high altitude balloons into the stratosphere for the purpose of education, experimentation, and inspiration.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know....But They Don’t Necessarily Want to Write!

As a middle school science teacher, I could feel my anxiety level rising each year thinking about how I could really get students interested in writing for the upcoming year.

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Adler Teen Blog: The Doane Observatory

Cecilia Soto is a telescope intern at the Adler. She worked in the Doane Observatory doing solar viewing with visitors and designed a WorldWide Telescope space show. She blogged about her experiences at the Doane this summer.

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Adler Teen Blog: A Day in the Life of a Citizen Science Intern

Khadija is a Citizen Science intern at the Adler. This summer, she designed an activity for the upcoming Girls Do Hack event in November about gravity. In this post she shares her experiences working for the Zooniverse.

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Adler Teen Blog: Navigating Adler's Treasures

Quinn Shepherd is a Far Horizons Intern at the Adler, assisting in the launch of high-altitude balloons with scientific instruments attached. She will be a junior at Whitney M Young Magnet High School. In this post she talks about one of the many experiences she had at the Adler this summer. 

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NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft

After months of experimentation, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its efforts to restore the spacecraft to full working order. The team will conduct a study to identify possible science opportunities for the spacecraft in its current condition.

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Drawing Plans and Making Models

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus published his groundbreaking, earth-shattering, and generally discombobulating notion that the Sun, not the Earth, is at the center of the planetary system.

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Space Station Boosting Biological Research in Orbit

Analyzing the science of biology in microgravity opens a world of possibilities! Research ranges from plant growth to cell growth and from bacterial virulence to strength in human bones

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