Best Space Books for Kids

Feed and inspire a kid's thirst for space with these book picks by's writers and editors.

NASA's Predawn Rocket Launch Will Test a Supersonic Parachute

NASA will launch a small rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore early Wednesday (Oct. 4) to test a supersonic parachute system for future spacecraft bound for Mars. The launch may be visible to observers along the U.S. East Coast, weather permitting.

Gravitational Waves: The Big Bang's Smoking Gun

Gravitational waves are the "smoking gun" of the Big Bang. Predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity in 1916, a massive object like Earth distorts space-time around it like a bowling ball dropped on a trampoline.

Ancient Mars May Have Thawed Through Methane Bursts

Ancient Mars may have been warmed by bursts of methane trapped under its surface, a new study finds — which could help explain past episodes of warmer, wetter climate on the otherwise freezing Red Planet.