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Shooting for the Moon

September 6, 2019

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed down from the Apollo 11 lander and planted their boots on the lunar surface. The United States had beaten its rival, the Soviet Union, in the race to…

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Orbiting the Moon

August 21, 2019

On Tuesday, an uncrewed spacecraft called Chandrayaan-2 entered lunar orbit. India launched it about a month ago. Chandrayaan’s destination? The south pole of the moon. There, its rover will probe lunar craters for water deposits. If it gets to the…

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Planets Discovered

July 31, 2019

NASA’s new satellite, TESS, is succeeding on its mission. It has found new planets outside our solar system. TESS stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. It has discovered three planets in a solar system 73 light-years from Earth. That may…

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Caught on Tape

July 16, 2019

Three reels of videotape from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission will be sold at Sotheby’s auction house on Saturday, July 20. That’s the moon landing’s 50th anniversary. Sotheby’s says the videos are “the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon…

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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

April 26, 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 18, 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 8, 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…