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Blast off, Starman!

February 16, 2018

On February 6, the Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. It used the same launchpad that sent the first astronauts to the moon, in 1969. But this was not a NASA mission. The rocket…

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Mission-Ready

December 11, 2017

Life can be very unpredictable for astronauts living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). There is no gravity. Parts of the station might stop working at any time. Space objects come flying at the station out of nowhere. …

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Eyes in the Sky

December 11, 2017

Chamber A is a historic landmark. It is located in the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. The chamber looks like a bank vault. But when the right machinery is turned on, it seems like a giant pocket of outer…

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Cosmic Critters

December 11, 2017

Animals have long been on the front lines of scientific discovery. Time and again, they have been given the lead in exploring new frontiers. But those pioneers didn’t volunteer for their missions. Take the thousands of monkeys and mice that…

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From Apollo 11 to Now Video

September 6, 2017

Watch this video to introduce the Space Exploration Text Set

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Why Total Solar Eclipses Are So Rare

August 17, 2017

A solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on August 21, from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Millions of people will witness the spectacular space event. They won’t show up just because solar eclipses are extremely beautiful. They…

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How To Watch the Solar Eclipse

August 17, 2017

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017. In a total solar eclipse, the moon moves directly between the Earth and the sun. The moon completely blocks the sun and casts a shadow on Earth.…

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Suiting Up

March 3, 2017

NASA engineers are designing spacesuits for exploring Mars and beyond. Years of being a NASA engineer have led Lindsay Aitchison to a surprising place: spending a lot of time thinking about dust. How to keep it out of the many…

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G5-6 Text Set: Space Exploration

November 5, 2016

Space is an endlessly fascinating subject for many people. What exists beyond our planet? What’s it like to be launched into space and walk on the moon? This text set dives into the history and lasting impact of space exploration.…

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A Day on Mars

October 2, 2016

TIME’s space writer spent 24 hours inside a NASA base in Hawaii that copies conditions on the Red Planet. I encountered a lava tube at the end of a 10-minute walk from my Martian habitat. I had reached the top…

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