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What are Micrometeorites?

Every day approximately 100 metric tons of cosmic dust collides with Earth, mainly in the form of micrometeorites. Most of these mineral particles (iron, nickel, etc.) are smaller than grains of sand, and they are falling down on us all the Read More

The Mercury Control center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, is shown during Glenn’s mission. The three orbits are inscribed on the map, as are the range of the various tracking stations for Glenn in his orbit not much more than 100 miles (160 km) above the Earth. NaSa
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The Origins of Mission Control

Mission Control is the main set up on the ground that is used to track the ships and communicate with the astronauts in them. Although this might now seem like an obvious thing to have, mission control did not always exist. But without Read More

Discovery launched on the first of its thirty-nine missions on August 30, 1984, with a six-person crew ready to deploy three communications satellites and conduct science experiments. Photo: NASA
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Space Shuttle Discovery

The Space Shuttle came into being in the 1970s as the answer to two questions: “What should the United States do in space after sending men to the Moon?” and “How can the United States continue putting people in space at a lower cost than Read More

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Was NASA Careless?

January 28, 1986, the STS-51L Challenger shuttle was launched from Kennedy Space station. About 73 seconds after launch, the fuel tanks exploded, killing six astronauts and one civilian. Was NASA being careless and is that what caused the Read More

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The Space Shuttle: Missions to Space

If there's one thing we can't get enough of, it's mesmerizing pictures taken on space missions. The following are some amazing photos, stats, and info excerpted from The Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Read More

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Hypernovas and Gamma-Ray Bursts

Have you ever wondered how the ray guns from your favorite science fiction books and movies work? Here’s a description of how gamma rays occur in space from Christopher Cooper's Our Sun. Recently, scientists have classified a specific Read More

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The First Giant Telescope

Telescopes can be pretty high-tech these days, but the basic way they are designed is not much different from Sir Isaac Newton’s designs 220 years ago! Our Sun shows us the history behind the first giant telescope. In 1892, François Read More

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Moon Walking in 1969 … and Beyond

Forty-six years ago today, Neil Armstrong made history when he set foot on the moon. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” he famously said, bouncing along the lunar surface. That was in 1969 during the Apollo 11 Read More

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Exploring Pluto with H.P. Lovecraft’s Lens

A decade ago, NASA sent a spacecraft called New Horizons on a 3-billion-mile-long journey to the far edges of space as we know it--all the way to the dwarf planet, Pluto. This is the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Read More

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STS-1 Columbia’s 1981 Mission to Space

April 12, 1981 In a dramatic lift-off of flame and thunder, the launch of the Columbia space shuttle initiated a new era of space exploration. We were slack-jawed as we flipped through these images from The Space Shuttle.  This debut Read More

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Unexpected Allies: Making Peace with Russia

In the 1990s, the overseas rivals became outer space colleagues. During the exciting age of space exploration, the USA and Russia banded together to make leaps into space. We read all about it in The Space Shuttle, by Piers Bizony. The Read More

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Falling from Grace: The 1986 Challenger

Who could forget the tragedy of the 1986 Challenger? This event reminds us that space exploration is truly a dangerous mission where much can go wrong. Below is an excerpt about the ’86 Challenger, pulled from The Space Shuttle—a new Read More