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November 11, 2021

In our September 17 issue, we asked readers what part of space they’d like to explore. Mrs. Dami’s students, at Montgomery Elementary School, in Montgomery, New York, shared their thoughts. Read them below. If you were a space explorer, where…

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See You Later, Lucy!

October 21, 2021

NASA launched a robotic spacecraft called Lucy on October 16. For 12 years, Lucy will explore asteroids near Jupiter. These space rocks could reveal how planets were formed. Lucy will fly into a group of asteroids called the Trojan entourage.…

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Suited Up

October 14, 2021

Astronauts walk in the Negev desert, in Israel, on October 10. They are part of AMADEE-20, a simulated Mars mission to train astronauts from Europe and Israel f…

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That's Why

October 7, 2021

Why does the moon have craters? They're from. . . A) astronauts digging. B) moon decay. C) asteroids and meteorites. Asteroids and meteorites often crash into the moon’s surface, causing craters. But on the moon, there’s no water, weather, or…

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Time Off

8 Questions for Chris Cassidy

October 5, 2021

Among the Stars is a new documentary series. It follows astronaut Chris Cassidy on his final mission to the International Space Station (ISS). TFK Kid Reporter Creedence Peterson spoke with Cassidy. 1. What’s the scariest moment you’ve experienced on a…

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Making a Splash

September 23, 2021

After three days of orbiting the planet, the Inspiration4 crew returned to Earth in the SpaceX Dragon capsule. On September 18, the crew splashed down in the At…

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Blastoff!

September 16, 2021

The Inspiration4 mission has officially begun. On Thursday, September 15, at just after 8:00 p.m. ET, four civilian astronauts blasted off from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. This is the first time an all-civilian crew has gone into orbit. The…

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Technology

Inside the Crew Dragon

September 10, 2021

How do you fly a SpaceX Crew Dragon? Climb aboard, strap yourself in, close the hatch, and fly into space. The Dragon takes care of everything, so relax and enjoy the ride. Unless something goes wrong. And in space, something…

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The Kid Report: Inside the Crew Dragon

September 10, 2021

The story “Inside the Crew Dragon”—about the Inspiration4 mission—appears in this week’s issue of TIME for Kids. Neela Sembroski, 9, is the daughter of Inspiration4 astronaut Chris Sembroski. Below, she shares her perspective with TFK readers. Let me start at…

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TFK Explains: Inspiration4

September 10, 2021

This month, four civilian astronauts are scheduled to launch into orbit aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Their mission is called Inspiration4. Here’s what you need to know about this historic moment in space travel. Where is the crew going?…

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