Inspiration for these Times

By Sarah Treadwell – BMSIS Science Writer For many of us, the past year has been a challenge. Businesses struggled, workers were laid off, and domestic violence rates skyrocketed. Students had to adapt to virtual learning, while parents strove to maintain work/home life responsibilities and sanity. There was a general uncertainty of how Covid-19 would continue to mutate and a slow vaccine rollout drew a sense of uneasiness amongst many. But quietly in the background, a message of inspiration was […]

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A History of Science Communication

By Sarah Treadwell – BMSIS Science Writer Recently, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science held its internal BluSciCon event. This virtual conference gives interns in the Young Scientist Program an opportunity to practice presenting research to their mentors and peers. One of the goals of the Young Scientist Program is to educate students in the techniques of presenting complex subjects in an easy to understand format. As we begin to enter an exciting new era for humans in space exploration, […]

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Why Space Exploration Matters

By Sarah Treadwell – BMSIS Science Writer Recently, several aerospace companies and billionaires have sent their own rockets up to space. The debates started before lift off… What is the definition of astronaut? What counts as “going to space”? The conversations were fast and furious, with many expressing frustration of billionaires using their money on what seemed as joy rides, rather than spend it on other Earth based causes. With all of the new recent launches, a long standing question […]

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OSIRIS-REx’s Successful Boop

By Sarah Treadwell On October 20, 2020, NASA reached a significant achievement with a spacecraft named OSIRIS-REx. This was a mission nearly 10 years in the works. OSIRIS-REx’s mission objective was to sample and return to Earth 60 g of small, dusty particles from an asteroid named Bennu, 200 million miles from Earth. Upon its successful return, this will deliver some of the first samples of fresh asteroid material brought back from our solar system. Other return sample missions have […]

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Is Space Exploration a Waste of Money?

By Sarah Treadwell It is estimated that for humans to have first reached Australia approximately 65,000 years ago, they would have had to travel across vast bodies of open water. Much is unknown about how exactly they achieved this. Archaeologists and historians credit this as one of the first, remarkable achievements made by humans. While admirable today, their courage could also be described as reckless. When these early humans set sail, they took incalculable risks. They had to weather the […]

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