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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.

The Telescope Experience: No Special Effects Required

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked through a telescope. Is your hand raised?

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Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet

On July 9, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover advanced 135 feet on its third drive towards Mount Sharp. 

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Adler's People-Powered Space Program

Far Horizons is the Adler Planetarium's people-powered space program. For over 7 years we have launched high altitude balloons into the stratosphere for the purpose of education, experimentation and inspiration.

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NASA Hubble Finds a True Blue Planet

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to detect the true color of a faraway alien world for the first time.

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Badging Learning for All!

In designing learning experiences for young people at the Adler, we often grapple with how we as educators and mentors can provide opportunities that are in-depth, youth-driven and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. We are not alone in this conversation.

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New Science Observations from IBEX

After three years of observations, the IBEX team is now prepared to give a rundown of the observational features of the heliotail. 

 

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The Big Blue Chinese Star Chart

If you've seen the Big Blue Chinese Star Chart at the Adler, you understand why we call it that. It is usually in storage, to protect it from light, but has emerged this year to play a role in the Cosmic Wonder celebration.

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Three Potentially Habitable Planets Found Orbiting Gliese 667C

The search is on for planets that may harbor life and now we're another step closer.

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The Next Generation of Space Explorers

The sky is blue, the water is freezing, and thermometers are making yo-yo’s jealous. Its summertime in Chicago and that means another fun and exciting time at the Adler’s annual summer program, the Astro-Science Workshop.

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NASA Selects 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class

After a thorough year-and-a-half search through more than 6,100 applicants, NASA has selected the 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class. 

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From Vault to Galleries: Planetary Machines Exhibition

Have you ever wondered what happens before a museum exhibition opens to the public? 

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Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride: Space Pioneers

This week we celebrate the spaceflight anniversaries of two important women who changed the course of human space exploration - Valentina Tereshkova and Sally Ride. Haling from the Soviet Union, Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to fly into space 50 years ago on June 16. Sally Ride followed 20 years later on June 18, 1983, becoming the first American woman in space.

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Call to Action – Help Jumpstart the U.S. Astronomy Olympiad!

Each year, high-school students from 28 countries participate in the International Astronomy Olympiads. Sadly, the U.S. is not represented.

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Atwood: A Centennial Celebration

The zipper and the assembly line turn one hundred years old this year, and are still going strong. The same holds for one of the Adler’s popular exhibits, the Atwood Sphere.

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The Evolution of Observing

What do an astrolabe, a 15-ft hollow metal sphere, and a smart phone have in common? No, this is not the set up to a bad joke.

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An Update on Space Warps

About two weeks ago the Zooniverse launched its latest citizen science project–Space Warps. Built by the citizen science team here at the Adler in collaboration with scientists at the Universities of Oxford and Tokyo, Space Warps invites members of the public to hunt for some of the rarest objects in the Universe - gravitational lenses. 

 

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The Beginning, End, and Future of the Kepler Mission

The night of the Kepler launch, I stood out in the spectator area feeling like I could almost see the gears of my life turning.

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The Building Blocks Behind Cosmic Wonder

Today, light pollution has sapped much of the richness of the sky (certainly in Chicagoland), and instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed incredible vistas across the Universe only deepening our sense of wonder.

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Experience the Adler – As a Member!

As the Manager of Membership and Annual Fund, I love being able to connect with Adler members. Whether they are calling to renew their membership or attending a member event, it is always fun to speak with individuals from this diverse community of Adler’s most dedicated supporters.

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Finding Inspiration in Astronomy, Art, and Architecture

Fantastic discoveries — past and present — can alter our conception of the Universe and how we view our place in it. In the 1920s, Edwin Hubble used the Period-Luminosity Relation, photographs, and the most powerful telescope in the world to demonstrate the existence of other galaxies, an idea that had been debated for centuries

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