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Exploring Mars

March 19, 2021

On February 18, NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars. Its mission: to seek evidence of past microbial life. Something may have thrived on the planet billions of years ago. The rover’s 300 million–mile journey to Mars’s orbit took nearly seven…

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Space Rocks

January 14, 2021

The moon’s Ocean of Storms is a dry open space. In 1967, the United States landed its Surveyor 3 spacecraft there. Two years later, the Apollo 12 crew arrived. The astronauts collected lunar samples to bring back to Earth. It’s…

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Space Junk

October 16, 2020

There are nearly 2,800 working satellites in space. That’s according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. We depend on these devices for technology we use every day, such as video calls and weather tracking. Scientists use them to study the…

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Life on Venus?

October 15, 2020

Are we alone in the universe? Scientists have spent years searching deep into space for signs of life beyond our planet. Now they’ve found what might be life right next door. On September 14, scientists reported a big discovery.…

8 Questions for Daniel Holz

October 15, 2020

Daniel Holz is an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago, in Illinois. He’s also a member of LIGO. It’s an observatory that studies black holes. He spoke with TFK Kid Reporter Miguel Madero. 1. What is a black hole? …

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Safe Return

August 6, 2020

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made history when they returned to Earth on August 2. Their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Endeavour, parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the first splashdown landing by American astronauts in 45…

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One Giant Leap

June 1, 2020

On May 31, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). Their trip there in Endeavour, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, made history. American astronauts have not lifted off from the United States since 2011.…

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Waiting to Launch

May 28, 2020

It was to be the first rocket launch to put NASA astronauts into orbit from American soil in nearly a decade. But on May 27, with about 17 minutes left on the countdown clock, the launch was called off. Dark…

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Asteroid Blast

May 19, 2020

NASA is planning to launch the DART mission in 2021. DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The goal of the mission is to see if NASA can change the course of objects in space, such as asteroids, that might…

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New Black Hole

May 7, 2020

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on May 6 that astronomers have found a black hole that is closer to Earth than any yet discovered. The object is about 1,000 light-years away. It’s close enough that the two stars nearest…