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Celebrate the Anniversary of Sputnik!

If you look up in the sky at a certain time of year, you might be able to spot the International Space Station. About 250 miles above Earth, astronauts from different countries work together to study life in space. And it all started with Sputnik.

 

How To Gain STEM Success with Citizen Science in the Classroom!

One way to get kids interested in science is by letting them do science. Discoveries made are discoveries remembered! This might seem hard—after all, how can fifth graders contribute to actual scientific fields of knowledge? With citizen science!

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About the Perseid Meteor Shower!

Are you ready for the Perseid meteor shower? Many people look forward to this yearly exhibit of meteors, and this year has been predicted to be even better than ever. The Perseid meteor showers are supposed to peak between the night of August 11 and the early morning of August 12.

Cool Space Websites for Spacey Kids

An artist's imagining of Juno's orbit around Jupiter, from NASA/JPL-Caltech

Want to go to space? Me too. Not on an astronaut track? Me neither. This doesn’t mean space is unreachable, though! Armed with little more than a computer and our imaginations, there are still ways we can travel among the stars. Read on for some cool space websites for kids (and adults!) who like a little bit of space in their days on Earth.

Welcome home, Scott Kelly!
Earth photobombs Scott Kelly's selfie!
photo credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has had a pretty big year. He’s spent longer in space than any American before him. He’s reached almost all of the milestones set for him by NASA, including growing greenhouse gardens in zero gravity. He’s made more than 5,000 trips around the Earth. And now he’s coming home.

Remembering Christa McAuliffe

Thirty years ago today, the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Of the seven people on board who died that day, one of them was a teacher.

Water on Mars!

This has been a week of amazing space news! First we had the supermoon eclipse on Sunday night. Did you see it? If not, you can see pictures of it at NASA’s flickr stream.

And then yesterday, NASA announced that evidence of flowing water had been discovered on Mars. If you’ve had to google anything today, you might have heard about this.

Dark streaks on the surface of Mars are made from flowing water.
Photo credit: NASA
Look Up! And Down! Astronomy Sites for Kids

Does your kid love to stargaze? It's a great moment when kids look up and around and discover that the universe is a really huge place. It's such a huge place that it can be intimidating. Luckily, there's an app for that!

 A giant cluster of stars, taken by the Hubble space telescope 

Hello Pluto!

Today’s a good day to be an earthling. Sure, we’ve still got war, famine, drought, and melting glaciers, but today we’ve also got pictures of Pluto.

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