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Information about the Columbia disaster in 2003 can be found at

To find out about the International Space Station, go to and

Ramsayer, Kate. 2004. Reach for the sky. Science News for Kids (Dec. 1). Available at

Sohn, Emily. 2004. Destination Mars. Science News for Kids (March 17). Available at

______. 2003. Dreams of floating in space. Science News for Kids (Sept. 10). Available at

Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:

Onboard the Space Shuttle — Ray Spangenburg, Kit Moser

Published by Franklin Watts/Scholastic, 2002.

Join a crew of astronauts for a trip aboard a space shuttle! Get to know a space shuttle inside and out in this book, which is loaded with colorful photographs and profiles of astronauts. It explains the history of the space shuttle, how space shuttles work, and what it’s like to live and work in space. Also, the book goes into the history of the space race, explaining why the space shuttle was developed and mentioning the Challenger disaster. Finally, find out about the history of the Mir space station and the future of the International Space Station.

Space Camp: The Great Adventure For NASA Hopefuls —Anne Baird

Published by William Morrow/HarperCollins, 1992.

Imagine a camp where you blast off into outer space. You don’t actually head for the stars at NASA’s space camp, but you do experience what astronaut training is like. With color photos, this book follows one group of kids as they attend NASA’s space camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Their routine is close to the routine of a real shuttle crewmember. The kids get up early, do their exercises, learn about space and how the shuttle works, and explore weightlessness. Then, in NASA spacesuits, they climb aboard a simulated space shuttle and take off on a mission. These space campers even find out what happens when a malfunction occurs on board. On the last day of camp, the young NASA hopefuls graduate, taking with them images of new worlds beyond our planet.

I Want to Be an Astronaut — Stephanie Maze

Published by Harcourt, 1997.

“Do you dream about traveling in space or going to other planets? Do you wonder what the earth looks like from outer space? Find out what it’s like to live in space and to train for the journey. See some of the experiments astronauts perform in space. Learn about the education and training needed, including special space programs for kids.

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Power Words

sensor A device that produces an electric signal in response to something in its environment. The signal is sent to another device or to a machine. A sensor in a printer detects that the paper tray is empty and sends a signal for the printer to indicate that the tray is out of paper.

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