60 Years Exploring

On Jan. 31, 1958, America launched its first satellite, Explorer 1, into space. Now, 60 years later, NASA is planning three events in Washington, Florida and California to celebrate the space program.

Two of those events will be livestreamed on the internet, but here are five ideas to celebrate NASA and the space program from your own home.

  1. Download Stellarium, a free software focused on showing people the stars. You can sit in the comfort of your own backyard and explore stars and planets. Stellarium’s software even allows you to look at what the sky would have looked like on the night of Jan. 31, 1958!
  2. Organize an astronomy appreciation party. If your cookie game is on point, then try a constellation-themed snack like this one. Sit out under the stars with friends and family and enjoy the night.
  3. Build your own rocket. Whether you build a rocket out of macaroni, cardboard or soda bottles, celebrate Explorer 1 by putting together your own spaceship!
  4. Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. PST, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hosting a lecture about the history and impact of Explorer 1 in Pasadena. The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed from anywhere in the world.
  5. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at noon EST, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will host a presentation about how Explorer 1 is still impacting America’s space program today. The event will be livestreamed, but registration is required.

Set aside the time to celebrate on Jan. 31. Comment below with what you did!

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