Added: June 18, 2014


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Teen Summer Challenge explores the final frontier. Join us as we boldly go where no one has gone before.

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in Spaaaaace – Identify this Constellation:

Download a free stargazing app to help you identify this constellation:

Identify this constellation.

Identify this constellation!


in Spaaaaace – Zero-G Tears:

In space, no one can hear you scream — at least, according to Hollywood. But what happens if you cry in space?

In this video, veteran astronaut, space rock star, and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield demonstrates zero-G tears.

For more of Hadfield’s space antics, including his cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, check out his YouTube series.


in Spaaaaace – Transporter Visual Effect:

Beam me up Scotty! Watch this video to learn the mechanics of the classic Star Trek transporter visual effect and its evolution throughout the history of the series.

To earn points, tell us the name of the “remarkable” episode with an unusually high red shirt body count.


in Spaaaaace – Space Bathroom History:

Space life is not always glamorous. Case in point: Top 10 Moments in Space Bathroom History.

To earn points, tell us the name of the Apollo 9 astronaut who said “The most beautiful sight in orbit…is a urine dump at sunset.”


in Spaaaaace – Explore Mars:

Explore Martian terrain with the Mars rover Curiosity. Watch Dare Mighty Things about the rover’s development, successful launch and landing, and her discovery of an ancient river bed… on Mars!

To earn points, launch Explore Mars! to discover the surface of Mars alongside Curiosity. Tell us the name of the rover’s first drill spot.


in Spaaaaace – Galaxy Zoo:

In order to understand how galaxies formed, scientists need your help to classify them according to their shapes. Log on to Galaxy Zoo to classify galaxies and experience a privileged glimpse of the distant universe as observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

To earn points, click on “Begin Classifying” and tell us whether your first galaxy was smooth, whether it displayed spiral features or a disk, or seemed to be a star or artifact?


in Spaaaaace – Stellar Alchemist:

Watch the music video Stellar Alchemist by The Impossible Girl about an exploding star based on the science of astrophysics and nuclear fusion.

To earn points, tell us the name of the star the artist used, courtesy of NASA.


in Spaaaaace – Cosmos:

Watch an episode of Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson.

To earn points, tell us which episode you watched, and what you thought about it!


in Spaaaaace – Inspired by the Stars:

Create a piece of art inspired by looking at the stars. Submit your artwork to earn points!

*Your submission will be reviewed by teen librarians before you are awarded points. 

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