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Gorgeous Galaxy

September 2, 2021

Photographer Nicolas Economou captured this shot of the Milky Way galaxy on August 16, near Nikiti, Greece. The Milky Way includes our solar system. Because of the pandemic, Greece has not been overcrowded with tourists. Fewer people can mean less…

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Space Flight

April 22, 2021

On April 19, NASA’s helicopter Ingenuity (shown in flight in a series of images) took off on Mars. This was the first powered flight by an aircraft on a planet other than Earth. The four-pound helicopter spent 39 seconds in…

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8 Questions for Mae Jemison

April 21, 2021

In 1992, Mae Jemison was the first Black woman astronaut to travel into space. In February, she published a new edition of Find Where the Wind Goes, an autobiography for young people. TFK Kid Reporter Bellen Woodard spoke with Jemison…

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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. An easy landing was not guaranteed. The rover’s 300 million–mile journey…

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Space Rocks

January 14, 2021

The moon’s Ocean of Storms is a vast, dry open space. It was once very busy. In 1967, the United States landed its Surveyor 3 spacecraft there. About two years later, the Apollo 12 crew arrived. The astronauts touched down…

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Space Junk

October 16, 2020

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are nearly 2,800 working satellites in space. We depend on these devices for technology we use every day, such as video calls, online maps, satellite TV, and weather tracking. Scientists use them…

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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 detected what might be life right next door. On September 14, in the journal Nature Astronomy, scientists…

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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, an observatory that studies black holes. He spoke with TFK Kid Reporter Miguel Madero. 1. What is a black hole? A black…

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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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