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Make a spinning helicopter Activity

by David, 28 April 2021 | 0 comments

Paper helicopter with paper clip weights.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made history by flying on Mars. To celebrate the first flight of a copter on another planet, here’s a simple unpowered helicopter you can build at home!

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Grab bag of science – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 7 April 2021 | 0 comments

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There’s no rhyme or reason to this quiz. It’s just some of the strangest and hardest science questions we could find. Can you beat the odds and get 5/5?

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Roving around – a quick quiz Activity

by David, 24 March 2021 | 0 comments

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It’s not just robots that rove – this quiz celebrates roving in all its forms! Can you manage to find all the right answers?

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Rubble on the double: a spacecraft’s dash for asteroid dust News

by David, 5 November 2020 | 2 comments

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For almost two years, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting an asteroid named 101955 Bennu. It’s done tons of science, scanning the rock from many angles. Right now, OSIRIS-REx is preparing to head back to Earth. But before leaving Bennu, the spacecraft reached out and touched the asteroid.

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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies Activity

by David, 3 September 2020 | 0 comments

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By Bill Flynn Whether you are at school, at home or self-isolating you can be a part of the United Nations International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on Monday 7 September. How? By contributing to NASA’s citizen science global database! Download the GLOBE Observer app and photograph the cloud cover from your window,…

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Quakes on the Moon News

by David, 20 June 2019 | 0 comments

Earth is active down to its very rocks. Earthquakes and volcanoes shake our planet, and the continents themselves drift lazily across the surface. Compared to Earth, the Moon is a cold, hard rock. But even lunar rocks are more active than you might think.

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Astronauts didn’t make it to space this time News

by David, 18 October 2018 | 0 comments

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Astronauts have nerves of steel. They ride controlled explosions, strapped to giant tanks of rocket fuel. And every now and then, things go wrong. Last Thursday, two space explorers didn’t quite make it to space – but they lived to tell the tale!

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What’s cool in space? Asteroids! News

by David, 30 August 2018 | 0 comments

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Sometimes space missions can seem a bit faddish. Four spacecraft are currently orbiting Mars, and at least three missions are looking for new planets outside our solar system. But the new hotness, it seems, is asteroids.

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Have a heart (or several?) – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 18 July 2018 | 0 comments

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We’re counting on you this Double Helix quiz, or perhaps you’re the one counting! Can you calculate what’s needed to get 100% this week? If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Mars storms a risk to rovers News

by David, 21 June 2018 | 1 comments

If you think the weather here on Earth is bad, be glad you don’t live on Mars. Storms currently cover much of the planet, with wind speeds of around 100 kilometres per hour. So spare a thought for the intrepid Mars rovers currently bearing the brunt of the storm.

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