This short reading describes space as it would be like for an astronaut orbiting Earth. Space has no air, so it is cold and it is dark. Billions of stars glitter away in the distance, and then you look down and see your home, the big, blue marble. Four short-response reading comprehension questions are included. Can be used as homework or as a quick reading at the beginning of a class. Upper elementary or middle school, and good for a group in which reading levels are mixed.