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Read the next fragments of news (you will find also a link to the full article) and after each reading, get brave, because you will have to do a challenge related to each one of the news you read.


1) In November 1966, NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin made history with the first selfie in space.  It's a modest-size print, eight by ten, and in the frame you can see his eyes—the rest of his face is obscured by his helmet—and in the background, a slice of earth set against the blackness of space.

Self-Portrait in Space

read the full article

I dare you now to…

Create your own selfie in space. Create a background with a chosen planet and take a selfie with it.

What planet have you chosen to appear in your background? Why did you choose this planet and not another one?


2) Your parents probably remembered the names and order of the real planets in our solar system by reciting the sentence: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. The first letter of each word stood for a planet, and their order reflected the declining proximity of those planets to the sun — Mercury, Venus, Earth and so on.

But things have changed, and the reign of the Nine is officially over. Most famously, Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status in 2006.

read the full article 

I dare you now to…

Find a partner and make up a sentence containing the first letter of each one of the planets with the same method as in “My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza” .

Bearing in mind that Pluto is no longer considered a planet, we will be adding the S of “Sun” in the first word and taking away the P word.



3) Fly Me to Mars—and Beyond!

 NASA gets a record number of applicants

MARCH 15, 2016

By The Editors of TIME For Kids


NASA astronaut Tim Kopra works on the International Space Station.

A record number of Americans have put in applications to be astronauts, according to NASA. The space agency received more than 18,300 applications for its 2017 astronaut class. That is almost three times the number of people who applied in 2012. The previous record was 8,000 applicants, in 1978.

“It’s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars,” says NASA administrator Charlie Bolden.

Over the next 18 months, NASA will review the applications and conduct interviews. Then it will select from eight to 14 astronauts.

Those chosen will have two years of training before they are assigned to a mission. They will study spacecraft systems, spacewalking skills, and Russian.

read the full article


I dare you to…

Find two partners to form a group. One will be the interviewer and judge, meanwhile the other two will be the “americans” willing to become astronauts.

The interviewer and judge will ask you questions about why you want to be an astronaut, what kind of skills or characteristics you have that would help you in your mission, why are you better than your partner to be on that mission, and that kind of question.

Use “magic” sentences as: I totally disagree, I couldn’t agree more, I am really into, How about…?, that’s a good question, on one hand… on the other hand.

After the debate, the interviewer and judge will select one of the applicants, giving his/her reasons to choose that applicant and not the other.


4) With the exception of Earth, all of the planets in our solar system have names from Greek or Roman mythology. This tradition was continued when Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were discovered in more modern times.

 read the full article

I dare you to…

Create a “God or Goddess” to represent the Earth. You must make a picture of it and describe his/her characteristics.


When you have finished your "DARES" go to activities.

If you have time left, go to and create your own "World cloud" inspired in what you have discovered today about the Space, the Solar System and the planets.

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