August 21st - There is only One Direction to get to the International Space Station: up. Today, Niall Horan of the band One Direction visited NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He had a chance to see the Mission Control Center, hang out with some astronauts in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, shake Robonaut’s hand and check out the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.