Astronaut by Kelly Milner Halls

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They plan to have astronauts on the moon by the mid- to late 2020s. Astronauts are the brave pioneers of the 21st century. A career as an astronaut is very challenging but very exciting, too. Maybe one day, you’ll become a part of the special group of men and women who have explored the mysteries of space. Maybe one day you will walk in space, too! soMe faMous asTronauTs Michael P. Anderson (1959–2003) was an African American astronaut and payload commander from Washington State. He died in February 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry.

Two Soviet women had already blazed the trail for female astronauts: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. Ride is dedicated to encouraging girls to study math and the sciences. Alan Shepard (1923–1998) was the first American man in space. His flight was an important one. Many Americans felt encouraged that the United States would be able to catch up with the Soviet Union’s space program. During a later mission, Shepard became the fifth person to walk on the moon. 21st Century sKills library Cool sCienCe Careers asTronauT glossary atmosphere (AT-muhss-feer) the layer of gases that surrounds a planet biological (bye-oh-LOJ-i-kuhl) having to do with biology, the science of living things and life processes cylinder (SIL-uhn-dur) a shape that has flat, circular ends and is shaped like a tube engineering (en-juh-NEER-ing) the application of scientific, mathematical, and technological knowledge to practical human needs lunar (LOO-nur) having to do with the moon payload (PAY-lohd) cargo carried by spacecraft that is needed for a space mission physicist (FIZ-uh-sist) a scientist who specializes in physics, the science of energy and matter for More InforMaTIon BOOkS Elish, Dan.

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