Galaxy Scouts: Space-ventures with Stella

and Riley

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"Galaxy Scouts: Space-ventures with Stella and Riley" is a comic series for 2nd—4th graders. The comic follows two 10-year olds, Stella and Riley, and their adventures through space. The first two issues focus specifically on the astronomy research being conducted by several of the Cottrell Scholars, with subsequent issues focusing on other areas of research.

The comic is funded by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Astronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and is a collaboration between a team of Cottrell Scholars and a science illustrator Jan Lin. The story for the first comic strip was developed and initial sketches of characters done by a physicist-artist team Backy Thompson and Dave Ellis who are creators of Spectra.

The Galaxy Scouts team is grateful to the following people for their support and encouragement: Rebecca Cors, Amy Geata, Jim Lattis, Kay Kriewald, Steve Anderson, Melissa Braaten and Danielle M. Nielsen.

The main idea behind the comic is to feature the excitement and products of science in with two main goals: (a) breaking down the stereotypes of science in society and popular media; (b) emphasize the importance and beauty of scientific discovery at a level appropriate for young generations.


The first comic strip "The Secret of a Bok Globule" is available for download here .

The second comic strip "The Secret of the Bullet Cluster" is in progress.

Meet the team...

photo of Snezana Stanimirovic

Snezana Stanimirovic

University of Wisconsin

photo of Jan Lin

Jan Lin

University of Wisconsin

photo of Karen Bjorkman

Karen Bjorkman

University of Toledo

photo of Michael Gladders

Michael Gladders

University of Chicago

photo of Bo Hammer

Bo Hammer

American Institute of Physics

photo of Sarbajit Banerjee

Sarbajit Banerjee

University at Buffalo, SUNY

photo of Yadong Yin

Yadong Yin

University of California, Riverside

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If you are interested in future developments of these comics or if you are an artist who would like to get involved, please contact us.

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