Apollo 11- #5 Alarms

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BAM! Suddenly, the master alarm in the lunar module (LM) rang out for attention with all the racket of a fire bell going off in a broom closet. “Program alarm,” astronaut Neil Armstrong called out from the LM in a clipped but calm voice. “It’s a twelve-oh-two.” “1202,” repeated astronaut Buzz Aldrin. They were 33,500 […]

Quasars

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Quasars are still an unsolved mystery from scientists. Are quasars real? They are similar to stars that “throw” radiologic (high-energy radiation) signals. Quasars were discovered in 1960. It is believed that they could be 18 million light years away from us. Their existence is found by their interaction/lighting with other things in the universe. It […]

Apollo 11- #4 The Maiden Voyage

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“The Eagle has wings!” radioed Neil Armstrong from the lunar module as he and Buzz Aldrin flew sixty-nine miles above the moon. Four words. There was no doubt of their meaning: The lunar module Eagle had separated from the command module Columbia and was now flying solo. It was ready to descent onto the moon. Big smiles back on Earth, back […]

Apollo 11- #3 And Upward..

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Space… it’s dangerous out there: micrometeoroids, radiation, airlessness. And coming home would be no picnic, either. The compact-car-sized space capsule would be greeted by searing white-hot flames as it slammed madly back down to earth. “In designing the command module, the one thing we had to be sure of was that we could keep the […]

Apollo 11- #2 Moving Forward

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They were going to the moon, all right- at least that was the plan. That was the dream and challenge set forth by one man, President John F. Kennedy, when he declared in May of 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a […]

Apollo 11- #1 Beyond Imagination

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It was mind-boggling. The color television itself had been a flat-out miracle when it began to dominate the scene a mere twenty years previous. And now, that technological wonder was about to trump itself. Because very soon, if all went according to plan, it would transmit pictures of an actual man on the actual moon! […]

How Astronauts Are Chosen

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How do you chose people to go to the moon? That’s what NASA had to figure out as they began selecting astronauts for the Gemini and Apollo projects. Above: Apollo 11’s crew. From left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. They’d have to be comfortable with danger. They’d need quick reactions […]

NASA’s InSight Lander Just Detected The Strongest Quake Yet On Mars

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Did you know that Mars, commonly referred to as the Red Planet, also experiences quakes? They are called Marsquakes. On May 4, The NASA InSight lander (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations) detected the strongest marsquake ever recorded so far on the red planet. It was estimated to have hit a magnitude 5 on the 1,222nd […]

Jupiter’s Moon Europa May Have Water Oceans With Life

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if there’s another place aside from Earth that could harbor life? Well, this idea might not be as far-fetched as we think. Scientists have recently discovered a promising place that may have water where life could exist: Jupiter’s moon Europa. A recent study published in Nature Communications proclaimed that Jupiter’s moon […]

Barbie Travelled To Outer Space For The First Time

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Have you ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut and wondered what it’s like to visit outer space? Well, you’re not alone. Before, Barbie only dreamt of traveling to space, but it’s become a reality now. For the first time in history, Barbie went to space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the […]

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

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After 25 years of development, the James Webb Space Telescope aboard an Ariane 5 rocket was launched into space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on December 25th, 2021. What an unprecedented breakthrough for astronomy! The James Webb Space Telescope, also referred to as Webb or JWST, is the largest, most complex, and powerful telescope […]

ISS (International Space Station)

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  Cool facts about the ISS: Total length: 108 meters. Total width: 73 meters. Time to orbit the earth: 91 minutes. Astronauts see 16 sunrises and sunsets a day as the ISS orbits Earth once every 90 minutes. The first piece of the ISS went up in 1998. A crew has continuously lived on board […]