Space Age

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Astronauts get the chance to “escape” on a whole other level. Many, however, never make it to the moon, or into space in the ways that we typically think. TED-Ed has a great series on space, including a little, engagingly-animated short on the “Life of an Astronaut.” NASA’s Jerry Carr narrates, telling his story of working as an astronaut for several years. Whether helping prep and test lunar modules, or directing and communicating with the modules once they were in space, Carr details his work on the ground until he went on to spend over 2,000 hours in space from 1974-78. Other interesting lessons in the series include Ariel Anbar on “Finding Habitable Worlds,” and “Shedding Light on Dark Matter,” with Patricia Burchat.