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June 09, 1998

Surfing the SUPERNOVA

For those looking to learn the ropes in astronomy, it's hard to find a better site than NASA's StarChild, a learning center for young astronomers. Blast off to http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/ and fly through a galaxy of fun and facts. StarChild explains all things related to outer space, from quasars to asteroids. Did you know that a comet is just a big ball of dirty ice? Whether you're looking for advice on driving a lunar rover or you want to sneak a peek at a black hole, the photos and activities at StarChild will go a long way in making a space explorer out of any kid. Harriet Jacobs was a slave. Her autobiography is a fascinating tale about the life of a young girl and her family. You might say she's like an American foremother to Anne Frank, because she too hid for years in a small attic to preserve her life. Her story has a happy ending, though, because she did escape to freedom and lived to tell her story. You can read her whole story right now at http://

www.gc.cc.va. us./gcadamj/hjhome.htm You'll also find photos from slavery days that help us see the everyday life of the people who helped to build America. From the Stanley Cup playoffs to the women's and men's hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympics, hockey has proven to be one of the fastest, coolest games on Earth. At the Exploratorium's Science of Hockey Web site, you can learn a side of this game that the television announcers never tell you about, such as: How to slap a puck 100 mph, or how much energy is generated by two hockey players in a mid-ice collision. Find out by skating to http://www.exploratorium.com/ hockey/index.html The site features a fascinating look at the mechanics of skating and the science of ice. Plus, you'll hear from leading physicists, chemists and the players and coaches of the NHL's San Jose Sharks! And when you're ready to hit the ice yourself, be sure to check out the links page, which is a slice of hockey heaven. The Science of Hockey World Wide Web site is for both the young scientist and the hockey enthusiast alike! When you know the answers to these questions, go to http://www.4Kids.org/detectives/

How old do scientists think our solar system is?

In which year was Harriet Jacobs born?

What shape is the surface of a hockey skate blade?

Pub Date: 6/09/98

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