Cosmic Education

Cosmic Education Classes Welcome to Cosmic Education! Montessori also called the lessons learned in Cosmic Education her Great Lessons.

I chose to call my page - and by default my classes - by the name Cosmic Education because it is a term used in Montessori education symbolizing the student in relation to the world and the universe. From this perspective, every topic of education can fall under one of the Great Lessons - The Beginning, Timeline of Life, Coming of Humans, History of Numbers, or History of Language. So you could sa

Photos from NASA's Johnson Space Center's post 08/23/2022

Teams have completed the final flight termination system (FTS) test for Artemis I with NASA's Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.
We are ready. We are going. 🚀

Timeline photos 07/31/2022

Us here at Team Skylab are saddened to hear of the passing of Nichelle Nichols, a Star Trek icon and an inspiration to countless people all around the world in all walks of life. Her memory will burn as bright and numerous as the stars in the sky.

In 1977, Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols beamed down to Houston for a special mission. New astronauts were being recruited for NASA' space shuttle program, and Lt. Uhura was the perfect voice to reach minorities previously not represented among spacemen. Indeed, for the first time, women were welcome to apply.

At the sunny Johnson Space Center, Nichols toured the facilities with the boss responsible for astronaut training, Skylab's own Alan Bean. Nichelle threw herself into the astronaut experience, which included braving a strange Skylab vintage medical experiment tube in her underwear and flying the shuttle simulator - "Captain at last!" - with Al Bean as her courteous co-pilot. She seemed to have great fun, and gave it her everything.

In 1978, 35 new astronaut candidates were announced. This included six women and three African Americans. Many astronauts and non-astronauts alike have cited Nichelle Nichols' appearances on Star Trek and her NASA recruitment work as an inspiration. This included Dr. Mae Jemison, who became the first Black woman in space in 1992. In 1993, she appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The circle had finally closed.
You may watch this amazing 4-minute video over at the NASA archive here:


Nichelle Nichols, who gained fame as communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original "Star Trek" television series, has died at the age of 89.


Drought conditions as seen from space thanks to Copernicus Sentinel data. Check out the difference in colors between July 2021 (left image) and July 2022 (right image). A year ago the region was covered by more green foliage, while now the brown areas indicate dry foliage.


On July 20, 1969, the NASA Apollo program made history when the Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on the Moon. Within hours of landing, Neil Armstrong, followed closely by Buzz Aldrin, became the first two humans to set foot on the surface.

The images of astronauts on the Moon signaled a profound achievement for the nation and the world. Some of the images became the inspiration for memorabilia like the lunch box and thermos shown above.

Manufactured in 1969, the steel lunch box was made to take advantage of the excitement over the moon landing. The exterior features images from the Apollo 11 mission, including Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface and the command module’s splashdown. The plastic and glass thermos bottle features an astronaut saluting the American flag, as well as other colorful scenes of the landing.


July 20, 1969, the world witnessed one of the singular most important achievements in history - humans walking on the moon. Neil, Michael and I were proud to represent America as we took those giant leaps for mankind. It was a brilliant moment for the world and one of America’s finest hours.


It's here – the deepest, sharpest infrared view of the universe to date: Webb's First Deep Field.

Previewed by President Joe Biden on July 11, the image shows us galaxies once invisible to us. The full set of full-color images and data from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will be revealed July 12:

Timeline photos 07/11/2022

😲 On July 11th, 1979, Skylab lost the fight against the laws of physics and reentered Earth's atmosphere.

🛰️ Although NASA was at the time unable to boost the space station to a higher orbit, they were able to regain contact of the station and control its attitude all the way to the final moments of the first space station's existence.

🔥 Skylab's life came to an end in a spectacular fireball that scattered her remains into the Indian Ocean, and uninhabited parts of Australia.🇦🇺


🤩 LDN 43 “THE COSMIC BAT” | Located in Ophiuchus, and rarely imaged, LDN 43 is a dark nebula consisting of very dense material blocking light from the background stars. Two cometary nebulae (GN 16.31.3 and GN 16.31.7) found inside the dark nebula area, which certaon looks like a flying bat. It spans 12 light-years at the Veil's estimated distance, about 1,400 light-years from planet Earth.

Imaged in LRGB on our RiDK 500 at Observatorio El Sauce, Chile. Processing: Mark Hanson and Mike Selby Enjoy, Mike & Mark

Photos from International Space Station's post 07/04/2022

Fireworks are a celebration of chemistry! (Green is typically made with the element barium.)


On this day in 1959, Baker the squirrel monkey and Able the rhesus monkey were launched into space on a Jupiter rocket on a sub-orbital flight. Both monkeys survived the flight. In this photo, Baker sits on a model of that rocket.


Partial Solar eclipse time-lapse compressed into one photo 🌙✨


🩸🌙 beau·ti·ful

Local talented professional photographer Frank Lara captured the impressive photography of the lunar eclipse also known as “blood moon”.

Picture was taken from Eagle Pass, Texas, on the evening of Sunday, May 15, 2022.
El talentoso fotógrafo profesional local Frank Lara capturó la impresionante fotografía del eclipse lunar, también conocido como “luna de sangre”.

La foto fue tomada desde Eagle Pass, Texas, en la noche del domingo 15 de mayo de 2022.

📸 Frank Lara Photography


A total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Western Hemisphere on May 15-16! 🌕🔴

The Moon can look reddish during a lunar eclipse because Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the other colors while it bends some sunlight toward the Moon.

Learn more here:


Today marks 85 years since the German airship LZ 129 Hindenburg burst into flames upon its approach to Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey—a crash that shocked the world. Read the new blog about one of most famous disasters in aviation history:


Below is the telescope fish, a deep sea fish found in cold tropical waters worldwide. It is capable of devouring prey larger than itself.


This otherworldly photo is from a Martian solar eclipse! NASA’s Perseverance rover captured the Martian moon Phobos as it passed in front of the sun.

What does it look like to you? I'm enjoying your observations in the comments. 🤣


50 years ago today, the crew of Apollo 16 — commander John Young, lunar module pilot Charlie Duke, and command module pilot Ken Mattingly — launched on the fifth successful lunar landing mission.

Learn more about Apollo 16:


Today is the 61st anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first flight into space, marking humankind’s first journey into the cosmos and ushering in a new era of scientific discovery and commercial activity.

in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel to space aboard Vostok 1. After completing one orbit, the spacecraft returned to Earth, landing 1 hour and 48 minutes after launch.

Gagarin lost his life in a training accident in 1968. In honor of his passing, the Apollo 11 astronauts left a medal memorializing Gagarin and his first spaceflight on the lunar surface. And in 1971, NASA presented a plaque to the USSR commemorating his life and achievements.


20 years after the first human spaceflight, a new era of human spaceflight began!

in 1981, the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) launched into orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This marked the first spaceflight of the Space Shuttle program!

Learn more:


T I T A N I C Anniversary.

Here is a 1912 photograph of 6 year old Douglas Spedden, playing with his spin top on Titanic’s A-Deck Promenade as his father and two other passengers look on beside him.

James Cameron’s take on this historically captured moment is seen below. Titanic historian Don Lynch is believed to have played Douglas’s father here.


🎫 Vienes con nosotros? Coming with us?

Get your I boarding pass and join the thousands who have already signed up to send their names aboard NASA Artemis spacecraft headed to the Moon this year.


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Happy Anniversary . Lovell, Haise and Swigert, along with an army of ground support, proved that one is stronger than any circumstance they may find themselves in.


63 years ago today, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected our nation's very first astronaut class - The Mercury 7. Each of these patriotic trailblazers went on to have exemplary careers in our space program. Their efforts to propel American human spaceflight forward was remarkable, and I couldn’t wait to join them.


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope just broke records by detecting the light of the most distant individual star ever seen.

Nicknamed “Earendel,” this star (indicated by the arrow) is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach us—so we're seeing how it looked when the universe was less than a billion years old.

This observation sets the stage for follow-up observations by the recently launched infrared telescope NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which will investigate Earendel’s brightness, temperature, and composition.


Welcome home, Mark!

Setting the record for longest single NASA spaceflight, Mark Vande Hei spent 355 days off the planet. He contributed to hundreds of science experiments that benefit life on Earth and will help shape future deep space missions:


40 years ago today, Space Shuttle Columbia launched on STS-3, the third space shuttle mission. It was the first shuttle mission to launch with an unpainted external tank—on the previous two missions the orange external tank was painted white.


Flashback to the Space Race!

Today in 1965, cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov opened the airlock hatch of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft while in Earth orbit and became the first human to perform a spacewalk.

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