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News From Outer Space

Earthlings have been exploring the cosmos for centuries, and for the past 50 years have been using rockets and satellites to learn more about our planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe.

Even though we've been looking at the stars and since the days of Galileo, some of the most exciting discoveries have come recently. Improvements in technology have allowed us to discover that Pluto is no longer a planet, that it's possible to set up a base on the Moon, and that there's a chance we could some day go to Mars.

This News from Outer Space collection follows the exciting developments happening in the world of space exploration, from the dwarf planets populating our solar system to improvements being made to the International Space Station.

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<i>Discovery</i>'s Final Flight
Discovery's Final Flight
by Tyrus Cukavac
Scholastic News Online | March2,2011
NASA's shuttle Discovery docked for the final time in outer space at the International Space Station, or ISS. Discovery has flown 143 million miles and completed 39 missions. This will be Discovery's final mission.
Solar Flare-up
Solar Flare-up
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | February22,2011
On February 14, the sun shot out the biggest solar flare in years. The flare was so big that it disrupted radio signals in China and allowed the aurora borealis to be seen dancing in the sky as far south as Washington State.
Space Robots Blast Off
Space Robots Blast Off
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | February15,2011
Dextre is one of the latest astronauts to land on the International Space Station, or ISS. He's also 12 feet tall. Dextre is a robot, and he is one of several new robotic astronauts being sent into outer space.
New Planets in Earth's Backyard
New Planets in Earth's Backyard
by Sara Goudarzi
Scholastic News Online | February8,2011
Astronomers have hit the planetary jackpot! NASA's Kepler space telescope has uncovered 1,235 potential planets. The discovery could triple the number of known planets. Fifty-four may even be habitable for human life.
Hubble at 20
Hubble at 20
by Laura Linn
Scholastic News Online | January21,2011
For 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers views of the universe they never dreamed possible. Hubble was one of the first and biggest telescopes of its kind.
10-Year-Old Discovers Supernova
10-Year-Old Discovers Supernova
by Larry Schwartz
Scholastic News Online | January10,2011
Not every 10-year-old can tell their classmates they discovered a supernova. But Kathryn Aurora Gray can!
Seventh-Graders Make Mars Discovery
Seventh-Graders Make Mars Discovery
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | June23,2010
A class of seventh-graders in Cottonwood, California, has made headlines in the scientific world. These eagle-eyed Evergreen Middle School students, who were participating in a special NASA program, spotted an unusual hole on the surface of Mars.
Lunar Lander Inventors Win Big
Lunar Lander Inventors Win Big
by Robbin Friedman
Scholastic News Online | November10,2009
The X Prize Foundation awarded the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X Prize at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Two teams of inventors won a total of $1.5 million for crafting and flying robotic machines that could land on the moon.
Supersized Ring Circles Saturn
Supersized Ring Circles Saturn
by Laura Linn
Scholastic News Online | October26,2009
Scientists recently discovered a new ring around the planet Saturn. It is the largest known ring in our solar system.
Another Earth?
Another Earth?
by Dante A. Ciampaglia
Scholastic News Online | May8,2009
On April 21, a team of Swiss and French researchers working at the European Southern Observatory in Chile reported they had discovered the smallest and most Earthlike planets ever seen beyond our solar system.
Moon Gardeners
Moon Gardeners
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | April15,2009
With its extreme temperatures, the moon's environment is very hostile to plant or animal life as we know it. But one company announced recently that it might have found a way to grow plants on the moon.
We Have Liftoff
We Have Liftoff
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | March16,2009
Space shuttle Discovery blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday evening. The mission was scheduled for February, but problems with the shuttle's hydrogen valves delayed the launch by a month.
In Search of Other Earths
In Search of Other Earths
by Dante A. Ciampaglia
Scholastic News Online | March9,2009
On Friday, March 6, NASA launched a first-of-its-kind telescope called Kepler that will search for Earthlike planets in other parts of our galaxy, known as the Milky Way.
Collision in Space
Collision in Space
by Dante A. Ciampaglia
Scholastic News Online | February19,2009
There are thousands of man-made satellites in Earth's orbit. Last week, 485 miles above Earth, two of those satellites collided.
Proof of Life?
Proof of Life?
by Karen Fanning
Scholastic News Online | December8,2008
If a picture is worth a thousand words, scientists from NASA may have stumbled upon a best-selling novel. A photograph suggests that there may have been life on Mars after all.
Extreme Space Makeover
Extreme Space Makeover
by Suzanne Freeman
Scholastic News Online | November13,2008
The space shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday. Its crew's mission is to expand the three-bedroom, one-bath International Space Station into bigger digs for a larger crew.
The <i>Phoenix</i> Has Landed
The Phoenix Has Landed
by Dante A. Ciampaglia
Scholastic News Online | May27,2008
The Phoenix Mars Lander mission hopes to find ice and traces of ancient life on Mars. If it succeeds, it could be the most important NASA mission in decades.
Crashing Galaxies
Crashing Galaxies
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | May1,2008
What happens when galaxies collide? Thanks to recent photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, we can see for ourselves.
International <i>Endeavour</i>
International Endeavour
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | March13,2008
After a spectacular nighttime launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral, space shuttle Endeavour linked up with the International Space Station (ISS) late Wednesday. The crew will build a giant robot and construct a new module.
The Race for Space
The Race for Space
by Karen Fanning
Scholastic News Online | October4,2007
50th anniversary of the successful space orbit of Russian satellite Sputnik.
A Dream Come True
A Dream Come True
by Genet Berhane
Scholastic News Online | August14,2007
The space shuttle Endeavour included in its crew Barbara Morgan, an elementary school teacher who waited 22 years to see her dream of space exploration come true.
Space Shuttle <i>Atlantis</i>
Space Shuttle Atlantis
by Tiffany Chaparro
Scholastic News Online | June13,2007
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. The shuttle is delivering new equipment to the ISS, including a new solar array, or set of solar panels.
Lunar Outpost
Lunar Outpost
by Jeffrey Rambo
Scholastic News Online | December5,2006
On Monday, NASA announced big plans to the world. The space agency is planning to return people to the moon and not just for a quick visit. NASA wants to set up camp.
Pluto Demoted
Pluto Demoted
by Karen Fanning
Scholastic News Online | August25,2006
The 2006 International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced new guidelines for planets this wee. According to these guidelines, Pluto is now a "dwarf planet," reducing the nine planets of the solar system to eight.
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