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Lunar Lander Problems

January 12, 2024

On January 8, Astrobotic Technology’s Vulcan Centaur rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It carried a lunar lander built for NASA by Astrobotic. This was the first U.S. lunar lander to go into space in more than 50 years.…

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Going Solar

January 3, 2024

One night in May, a group of people gathered around a computer monitor on a rooftop. They were scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The monitor was linked to equipment that could receive transmissions from a satellite. The…

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Discovery in Space

December 8, 2023

Astronomers have discovered an unusual solar system near Earth. It’s made up of six planets orbiting a star. What makes this system rare is that the planets’ orbits appear to be coordinated. Scientists compare their movement to a perfectly timed…

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Surprise Sidekick

November 9, 2023

As NASA’s Lucy spacecraft passes the asteroid Dinkinesh on November 1, it makes a surprising discovery. A small moon is circling the asteroid. The moon is a 10t…

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Super Scene

October 5, 2023

This year’s fourth and final supermoon appeared on September 29. A supermoon occurs when a full moon is at or near the closest point in its orbit around Earth. …

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Tremors on the Moon

September 22, 2023

NASA scientists have discovered the cause of some small tremors, or moonquakes, on the lunar surface: the remnants of a spacecraft that was left there 50 years ago. When the Apollo 17 astronauts returned to Earth, in 1972, they…

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Historic Landing

September 8, 2023

On August 23, the Indian Space Research Organization landed a rover on the moon. India is the fourth country to achieve this feat. It’s the first to land near the moon’s south pole. The rover, named Pragyan, has searched the…

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Stars Are Born

July 17, 2023

This image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows a region of clouds called Rho Ophiuchi. The clouds are made of gas and dust. Stars are being born here. Some are as massive as our sun. Rho Ophiuchi is 390…

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Liftoff

May 22, 2023

On Sunday, May 21, a SpaceX rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station. Two are from Saudi Arabia. They are the first Saudis to go into space since 1985. One, Rayyanah…

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Starship Launches

April 21, 2023

On April 20, SpaceX launched its first test flight of Starship, the biggest rocket ever built. The 400-foot-tall, stainless steel ship took off from Starbase, a spaceport in southern Texas. No people were on board for this launch. “I’m not…

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