Front Line Space Explorers—Space Robots

If you were growing up in the 1960’s, you might have watched the first moon landing on television. Back then, space exploration was still in its very early stages…in fact, having a television in the house to watch it unfold was a pretty new luxury! Seeing astronauts making the very first human footprints on the surface of the moon was …

Female Aerospace Pioneers

Female Aviation Pioneers

Although men were the first aviators, women quickly took to the air as well. Most early flight schools did not accept female students, but determined women learned from friends or paid for private lessons. Since the early 19th century, women have been making strides in the field of aviation. From flying the first airplanes to walking in space, women have …

The Evolution of Hydroponics

Did you know you can grow plants without soil? The method is called hydroponic, a Latin word that means working water.  Although historians believe that the evolution of hydroponics started with the ancient Babylonians and their hanging gardens, it was John Woodward, in 1699, who became the first documented scientist to successfully grow plants using hydroponics. John Woodward John Woodward …

The Evolution of the Telescope

“My parents gave me a small telescope, then I built my own, and one thing led to another. So that’s how I ended up going from being a hobby astronomer to a professional astronomer.” – Dimitar Sasselov, Bulgarian astronomer based in the United States. He is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. In …