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2018 American Girl of the Year, Luciana Vega has been one of the most well-received American Girl dolls ever here at our house. A girl that dreams of being an astronaut and one day being the first woman on Mars, the character gained buzz even prior to release, and today the Luciana's story is being told from orbit high above earth. As part of Story Time From Space, a new video features NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor on the International Space Station reading Luciana: Braving the Deep. The book, written by Erin Teagan is published by Scholastic and is the October 2018 American Girl Book Club Pick! Check it out...

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NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring the planet's surface and subsurface.

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Space-based play is a big deal here at Rock Father HQ, a fact that I've often mentioned both here and in my column over at The Toy Insider. Two Christmases ago, our youngest daughter had just one request for Santa Claus: "A Space Station." While he delivered on that wish, this year an even bigger orbiting craft arrived here at HQ, and it's something that our girls can actually climb inside of. The folks at Pacific Play Tents recently sent us their Space Station Tent and Tunnel Combo, and it's become a regular base for out-of-this-world adventure. When paired with the "Get Real Gear" Astronaut Suits and Jr. Astronaut Helmets from our friends at Aeromax Toys (based right here in Illinois!), they've got the perfect accessories for endless imaginative play! Take a look at the video below. Will SpaceX be sending kids into space?

While numerous parties continue to work on the next generation of reusable space vehicle, I miss the Shuttle program. Having grown-up in the era of regular launches and becoming so familiar with the closest thing we've ever had to a movie-style spaceship (one that looked like a plane and could blast off and return), I wish that my girls could see that on a regular basis right now... especially being so curious about space (last Xmas, little Finley asked for one thing - "a space station"). With Disney Junior's MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, Sprout's THE FLOOGALS and PBS Kids' READY JET GO all inspiring some STEM-infused space adventures (in addition to regular visits to a galaxy far, far away through STAR WARS), it's time to take a look back - and a look at where we're headed, with the June 7th release of JOURNEY TO SPACE from Shout! Factory. For their first foray into a line of new, immersive, Giant Screen films in the visually stunning 4K Ultra HD™ format, JOURNEY TO SPACE will be released on Blu-ray, and in a 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray 2-disc combo, and both releases will include trailers, a photo gallery, and behind-the-scenes footage as bonus features. Take a look at a new clip featuring the Space Shuttle Orbiter, and all the details on the film below...

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