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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.