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Telescope Dispute

June 24, 2019

A giant telescope will be built on Mauna Kea, a dormant Hawaiian volcano that some people consider sacred. Hawaii governor David Ige announced on June 20 that construction of the telescope had been approved. It’s called the Thirty Meter Telescope,…

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Space Getaways, for a Price

June 10, 2019

Want to visit the International Space Station? You may soon get your chance. There’s just one hitch: It’ll cost you $58 million. Last Friday, NASA announced it will open the space station to tourists. The first mission could happen as…

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Back to the Moon

May 22, 2019

NASA is on a mission to put the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024. On May 16, the space agency took the latest step in that process. It announced the 11 companies selected to help…

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Stepping into History

May 3, 2019

On July 20, 1969, more than 500 million people around the world watched a special event on live TV. They saw grainy black-and-white images beamed back from space. Then they heard the voice of American astronaut Neil Armstrong as he…

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First Look

April 26, 2019

The world got a glimpse of one of the greatest mysteries of our universe on April 10. That’s when the first image of a black hole was shown to the public. The picture was created by a network of eight…

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Blast Off, Crew Dragon!

March 15, 2019

On March 2, a Crew Dragon spacecraft launched from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. It’s the first American spacecraft built to carry a crew to the International Space Station since 2011. “What today really represents is a new era in…

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Historic Moon Landing

January 18, 2019

A Chinese spacecraft called Chang’e-4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3. It is the first time a craft has successfully landed there. The far side is the part of the moon that faces away from…

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Mars Landing

December 7, 2018

NASA’s InSight spacecraft made it to Mars on November 26. The landing ended a 300 million–mile journey that lasted more than six months. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in California, cheered when InSight touched down. “Flawless,” Rob…

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Moon Mission

September 14, 2018

People first set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and planted an American flag on the moon’s rocky surface. Six NASA lunar missions followed over the…

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What Are Planets?

August 9, 2018

Stargazers in ancient Greece noticed that during the night, a few bright objects moved among the constellations. They called these objects planetes, meaning “wanderers.” We still call them planets. But our understanding of these celestial bodies has grown since…

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