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Space: Exploration

These sites are about space exploration and the various technologies that have made this possible. Learn about satellites and spacecrafts. There are many interactive features, such as virtual tours of the planets, webcasts, and other exhibits. See photographs and videos of various launches and space explorations. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the International Space Station.

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Students in grades six through eight can click on "Cosmic Quest" to get to "Design a Space Station." Students will go through the design of a space station. Students must decide what to include based on different factors such as technology, weight, and the properties of space.
See photographs of different spacecraft from U.S. history.
Students can click on "Games," "Art and Stories," "Activities," or "Kids' Club." Parents and teachers can browse "Info for Mom and Dad" and "Info for Teachers."
This site from NASA is about telescopes, space suits, astronauts, space travel, and more.
This student-created site has information about the tools of space exploration and the people involved.
These movies and audio files are about important events in the history of space exploration.
Learn about the spacecrafts of the future. Click on the thumbnails to read more about the crafts. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to message boards.
This online exhibit contains a complete catalog of images from the Mars Exploration Rovers, plus webcasts, activities, links to animations of the rovers' journey, and more.
This site contains an extensive library of multimedia features, including podcasts, slideshows, videos, quizzes, and more about a wide range of exploratory missions and planetary research. Use the drop-down menus to search by mission, subject, or file format.
This site contains information about the space exploration and research being conducted by the countries of the European Union. There is a multimedia gallery with images, videos, and animations. The "Kids" portion of the site contains games, activities, pictures, fun facts, and an animated timeline of European space science.
Find out about the tools of exploration, from Earth-based telescopes to robotic rovers. There is also information about all of the known planets in our solar system, comets, and the Voyager mission to the outer planets.
Here is detailed information about all of the known planets in our solar system, missions into space, spacecrafts, and technology. Includes pictures, videos, and interactive features. The kids section of the site contains games, fast facts, and activities.
This online exhibit contains many archival photos and primary source documents from the "space race," from the first satellite probes to the Apollo missions to the moon.
This mission, scheduled to launch in 2007, is to find other planets in our galaxy that are similar to Earth. This site contains facts about the project, multimedia features, educational resources for teachers, and pictures. There is also a biography of Johannes Kepler, the mission's namesake. NOTE: The reading level of much of the text is too advanced for younger students.
Here are a number of hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. Students can explore the properties of meteorites, gravitational forces, rockets, and more. Printer-friendly pages to go with the activites are included.
Read about this 14-year mission to Jupiter. This site has many interactive features to explore.
This 11-page PDF file has facts about the planets that Voyager and Galileo visited, discussion questions, a planet-matching worksheet, and a word search.
These sites are about the International Space Station that orbits earth. Learn about the history of its development, its mission, and the astronauts who have lived there. Includes videos, animations, and photographs.
These sites are about the solar system and the eight planets. Find out how much you weigh or how old you would be on different planets. Learn about the planets' different climates and structures. Includes simulations, videos, and photographs.

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