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- 7 Things Astronauts Have Snuck Into SpaceAstronauts have found ways to sneak items into space over the past 50 years. Here are some examples. Dirt from a Pitcher’s Mound New York Yankees fan Garrett Reisman took dirt from the pitcher’s mound at Yankee Stadium during his voyage to the ISS in 2008. A Corned-Beef Sandwich Unimpressed with the flavorless dehydrated food NASA provided its astronauts, John Young smuggled a corned-beef sandwich aboard Gemini 3 in 1965. Young graciously shared the snack with crewmate Gus Grissom. Dinosaur Bones Bits of bone and eggshell from the duck-billed dinosaur Maiasaura peeblesorum were brought aboard Skylab 2 in 1985. Amelia Earhart’s Wristwatch During her trip to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2010, Shannon Walker carried the wristwatch legendary pilot Amelia Earhart wore during two historic trans-Atlantic flights. A Family Portrait In 1972, Charles Duke placed his family portrait among the lunar rocks during his Apollo 16 moonwalk. A Piece of the Wright Brothers’ Plane A devout Catholic, Buzz Aldrin carried a small piece of communion bread and a vial of wine aboard Apollo 11 so he could take communion on the moon’s surface. That lunar mission also carried a small piece of wood from the Wright brothers’ original plane. Buzz Lightyear In 2008, the crew of shuttle mission STS-124, bound for the [...]
- All About NASA’s OSIRIS-REx missionThis month NASA launches its OSIRIS-REx mission, an epic seven-year journey that will send a spacecraft to a remote asteroid called Bennu. Why Bennu? At 4 billion years old, it is one of the oldest asteroids in our solar system and contains rare materials NASA is eager to study. In fact, the 500-meter-wide asteroid could help answer important questions about how our solar system was formed, the origin of life on Earth and what’s to come for our planet. After a nearly two-year trip getting to Bennu, OSIRIS-REx will spend more than 500 days analyzing the asteroid, mapping its surface and collecting samples. The spacecraft will return to Earth sometime in 2023.
- Celebrate National Dog Day With These 15 Facts about DogsCelebrate National Dog Day with these incredible facts about man's best friend.
- Say Hello To America’s New National Mammal: The BisonThe bald eagle, our national bird, will soon be making room for a furry friend. The U.S. Congress recently passed the National Bison Legacy Act, making the massive animal the first national mammal of the U.S. Why? In many ways, the North American bison is already a longstanding historical symbol of the U.S. It’s the country’s largest native land animal, it has deep roots in Native American communities and played a vital role in the westward expansion of the country.
- All About Air Force One — The President’s PlaneThe Air Force calls it a VC-25A. Boeing calls it a 747-200B. You probably know it best as Air Force One. Technically, Air Force One is the designation of any plane carrying the president of the United States, but since the middle of the 20th century, the term has been popularly used to refer to the specific airplanes designed and built to transport the leader of the free world. Today’s Air Force One was first delivered to President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The three-level blue-and-white behemoth features offices, dining rooms, press areas, conference rooms, more than 100 passenger seats, a gym, kitchen and even an operating room. Plus, it’s capable of refueling in flight, giving it virtually unlimited range. The Air Force recently announced that the next generation Air Force One will be a specially modified Boeing 747-8, the newest Boeing jumbo jet. While the delivery date has not yet been finalized, the next Air Force One is expected to carry future American presidents around the world until the middle of the 21st century. – Chris McKenna Did you know? The first sitting president to fly in an airplane was Franklin Roosevelt in 1943. Here’s some photos of Air Force [...]
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- Check Out BL’s Exclusive Reveal of the New Lego Ninjago: Dark Island TrilogySee our exclusive cover reveal. Plus, check out an excerpt from Book One of the new trilogy.
- BL Fiction: ‘Home of the Brave’ by Eric A. KimmelRockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air ... Young Adam is witness to one of the most important moments in our country's history.
- Participate In This Cool Summer Reading ChallengeOne of the best things about summer is that there’s more time for reading cool books. Without the stress of school and homework, you can finally focus on catching up on some of those books you’ve been meaning to get to all year. Now, summertime reading is even more fun. Scholastic has recently launched a cool summer reading contest that challenges you to log as many minutes of reading you possibly can. You can pick any book you want. If you need help, Scholastic has created an age appropriate reading list that will help you choose the perfect book. Scroll down to look through the list for yourself Download (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Must Read This Week: ‘Doodle Adventures: Slimy Space Slugs’Plus, browse an actual excerpt from the hilarious adventure book.
- Try These Five Books During ‘Get Caught Reading’ MonthMay is Get Caught Reading Month. Here are a few cool books to get you started.
The Scouting Around blog is your source for Scouting news. Get ideas for your troop by reading about Scouting activities across the country. Biking in Buffalo? Caving in California? Fishing in Florida? Mountain climbing in Montana? Shooting in South Carolina? It’s all in Scouting Around.
Love fishing? Want to learn how to catch more fish? Check out Boys’ Life‘s ultimate fishing blog for tips, tricks and expert advice.
- Trick casting with Tom RedingtonAfter making millions of casts in a lifetime, fishing pros like Tom Redington can get pretty precise with their casts.
- 25 funny fish jokesWhat do you get when you cross a fishing lure with a gym sock? Find out in our collection of hilarious fishing jokes.
- Fishing the SummitWhether you’re headed to jamboree next summer, or on any trip to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, you owe it to yourself to try a little fishing. And that’s not just a load of hype.
- Where to find fish in a river or streamFishing pro Tom Redington reveals the best places to catch fish in a river.
- Build a fishing rod rackOrganize your fishing rods by building this simple wooden rack.
Stuck in a tough spot? Can’t figure out how to get past a monster? Just looking for an easier way? The Games Guru has the answers you need to succeed in your favorite video games.
Not sure which gear to buy? Need tips for maintaining your equipment? Just send in your questions for the Gear Guy to answer.
Wilderness first aid expert “Dr. K” explains how to be prepared for medical emergencies that can occur in the outdoors where resources run thin and accidents are sure to happen.