Welcome to Mars, India!

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India made science news around the world on September 24, 2014, with the announcement that their first Mars satellite, Mangalyaan, entered orbit around the red planet.

The Mission Is in Sight!

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As a writer of science fiction, as well as a former astrophysics major in college, I usually like to stay up to date on science news. Space news in particular. And when I hear the words, “manned space travel,” I tend to get very excited.

Fund This! Integrated Space Plan, Backstory RPG Cards, Evolution for young kids and Potato Salad!

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GeekMom finds a diverse range of Fund This campaigns to pique your interest, including an integrated space plan to launch us into the next phase of space exploration and technology, cards that help RPG players expand their experience, a gorgeous book on evolution for young children, and a guy who wants to make potato salad.

Space Opportunities and News

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Student unmanned aircraft competitions, opportunities to launch payloads on NASA rockets, a space anniversary, and more.

Summer Science Fun: Nephology

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Learning about clouds is something we can all get involved in no matter where we live and requires no expensive equipment to get started.

Explore Space With LittleBits

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This week littleBits announced the results of their partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center when they announced the latest in their line of product kits.

Ants… in… Spaaace!

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The latest ISS re-supply mission will include a shipment of ants involved in a K-12 educational research project.

Astronauts Are Moms Too

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Dr. Karen Nyberg returned from six months on the International Space Station to her fellow-astronaut husband and their three-year-old son.

Space Jam: Not Just For Bugs Bunny

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As Jam from Maine gets ready to fly off to the Space Station, GeekMom Sarah wonders what she would want to munch on while staring down at the earth below.

Weekly GeekMom Video Playlist

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Summer vacation is here! Or, it is looming in the not-so-distant future. Either way, kids are getting edgy and are requesting video suggestions to keep them entertained for a few minutes. So, this week’s video playlist features videos the GeekMom writers’ kids enjoy.

Hangout with Astronauts Today

International Space Station Expedition 34 Crew. Pictured on the front row are NASA astronaut Kevin Ford (right), commander; and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, flight engineer. Pictured on the back row (from the left) are NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Roman Romanenko, all flight engineers. Image: NASA.

Today, May 23rd, from 3-4 PM EDT, you can join a NASA hosted Google+ hangout with three of the former International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. NASA astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency are back home in Houston, Texas, and undergoing physical rehabilitation after their recent return from their extended time in the nearly weightless environment.

Welcome Home, Hadfield, Marshburn, and Romanenko!

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Last night, at 10:31 EDT, after spending 146 days in space — 144 of which were spent on board the International Space Station — and making 2,336 orbits around the planet, clocking close to 62 million miles, astronauts Chris Hadfield (Canada), Tom Marshburn (United States), and Roman Romanenko (Russia) touched down safely in southern Kazakhstan.

Meteor Shower Sunday Night: View Live or via NASA Webcast

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During the night of Sunday, May 5, you can view the Eta Aquaarid meteor shower as our planet travels through the orbit of Halley’s comet. Go out to view it yourself, or stay inside to catch NASA’s webcast of the livestream with chat.

Solar Conjunction Puts NASA’s Curiosity Rover, Orbiter In Communication Blackout

The Mars Curiosity with its first soil sample in its scooper. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Between April 4th and May 1st, the Mars Curiosity and Opportunity will be in minimal communication with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it experiences a Mars solar conjunction. Click through to read more about what a solar conjunction is, and what impacts it will have on JPL’s communications with the fleet of Mars exploration vehicles.

One Time at Space Camp

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The summer hasn’t even really started, but I’m already declaring it to be the best summer, ever. This year I was invited to attend a parent and child weekend at Space Camp. Yes, this is the same Space Camp that, if you were like me, you dreamed about attending when you were a kid. I’m happy to report it’s every bit as awesome as you’d imagined it would be as a child, except for the part where a series of mishaps mean campers must go on a real space mission to save the planet from impending doom.

Introducing NASA G.I.R.L.S.: A New Mentoring Program For Girls

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I recently got wind of a new mentoring program called NASA G.I.R.L.S., organized by Women@NASA.  The program is so new that they are still building their website, but I knew I just had to contact them to find out more! I was able to reach the NASA official responsible for this new project, Mamta Patel Nagaraja, who was enthusiastic about spreading the word about NASA G.I.R.L.S. So here’s