Calestia Portable : the portable space simulator http://portableapps.com/apps/education/celestia_portable Calestia Portable : the portable space simulator
3D space viewing program. You can fly free and look at our solar system, or orbit a certain planet. You can also view over 100,000 stars!
Space Place http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ The Space Place was started in February 1998 as an education and public outreach project of NASA's New Millennium Program, which continues to be its primary supporter.
Its target audience is elementary-school-age kids. We wanted to reach this young audience with the message that science and technology and learning about space are fun and within their grasp.
We designed it with a kid-friendly "by kids, for kids" look and feel. It is modular, so visitors can pick and choose different standalone projects or activities that interest them at the moment.
Although the entire Space Place site may be helpful to teachers and students, the resources linked here were developed specifically to help in the classroom.
Most of these resources require Adobe Reader to download and print. Adobe Reader is available free for downloading from the Adobe web site.
Symphony of Science http://symphonyofscience.com/ The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.
The project owes its existence in large measure to the classic PBS Series Cosmos, by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.
Continuation of the videos relies on generous support from fans and followers.
You can make a donation if you wish to contribute support to the project. Thanks to everybody who has donated - enjoy what you find!
Humans in Space (video presentation) http://video.mit.edu/watch/humans-in-space-9509/ Humans in Space (video presentation)
The future of space exploration is "the Moon, Mars, and beyond."
For the human scientist-astronaut, "the issue is one of location and locale," according to Dava Newman.
The argument is no longer whether it's man vs. robot; rather it's how humans and robots will work together in missions throughout the solar system.
Do-It-Yourself Podcast ... from NASA http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/ Do-It-Yourself Podcast from NASA
Are you looking for a new approach to engage your students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics?
NASA's Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts training for missions, doing experiments in space or demonstrating equipment.
We'll provide a set of audio and video clips along with photos and information about a space-related topic. You and your students may choose as many items as you want to include in your project and download them to your computer. Students may use the information we provide or conduct their own research to write a script for an audio or video production
Photographs 1960s Apollo space source:life http://images.google.com/images?q=1960s+Apollo+space+source:life Photographs 1960s Apollo space source:life
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.
Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.
Smithsonian’s Walking on the Moon IdeaLab http://tinyurl.com/45cdjk In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, touching off a space race with the United States that led to one of America’s greatest technological achievements—sending a man to the Moon.
In the Smithsonian’s Walking on the Moon IdeaLab, students will explore primary sources—such as photographs, and audio and video recordings—to learn about the Apollo crew and spacecraft, the history of the space race, and the incredible technological advancements that put a man on the Moon.
The lab also features writing exercises that students can submit for posting on the site.
The Future of Space Exploration (NASA) http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/hqlibrary/pathfinders/futurespace.htm The Future of Space Exploration (NASA)
This area of inquiry can expand as far as the human imagination can stretch. However, this bibliography will not cover science fictional ideas like teleportation, but what is in the grasp of today's technology. Some topics within this area of inquiry, such as missions to the minor planets, the Moon, and to Mars, nuclear propulsion, and the colonization of outer space, have their own bibliographies.
Space, Planets, Solar System : Videos and PowerPoints http://spacevideolibrary.blogspot.com/ Space, Planets, Solar System : Videos and PowerPoints
The link above goes to one of the Shambles "Forest of Theme Blogs" pages that provides videos and other multimedia resources to support the topic here.
If you would like to see all of the Theme Blogs then go to the full list at http://www.shambles.net/blogforest or click where you see this button
NASA Podcasts and Video Podcasts http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/help.html NASA Podcasts and Video Podcasts
NASAcast is a podcast -- a collection of audio or video content that's powered by subscription software called RSS.
Just like a magazine automatically gets delivered to your home when you subscribe, a podcast delivers new content directly to you -- without you having to check on the Web site for updates.
Space Basics http://www.tcet.unt.edu/weblibrary2/?subject=science Space Basics
How does the Space Shuttle get into space? How does it stay in space?
Most importantly, how does the Shuttle return to Earth? The atmosphere, gravity, and environment are key ingredients in answering these questions. Ride along with Shuttle astronauts as they answer these questions in this module about the basics of space.
resources | standards | video (20 minutes 3 seconds) | download (38 Mb) | 19 slides (0.5 Mb) |
Eclipses http://www.forgefx.com/casestudies/prenticehall/ Free online interactive multimedia 3D resource designed for a middle grades science programs.
shadow hits the moon, an eclipse occurs. This real-time 3D simulation of the Sun, Earth, and moon explains lunar and solar eclipses, as well as the defined moon phases. The student can manipulate the Sun, the Earth, and the moon into all of their phases as well as view the phases from a variety of different perspectives.
Wikijunior Solar System http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikijunior_Solar_System Wikijunior Solar System
This page is for the Wikijunior (working title) Solar System project.
When working on this project, remember that it's aimed at children. It's more important to be understood than to be precisely accurate on every detail. Use technical vocabulary when you need to, but don't use big words where simpler language would work.
This is a project of Wikijunior, a collection of free books written especially for kids to learn about science and nature. Many people have been involved with writing this book. This project is hosted on Wikibooks, and you are encouraged to help participate with writing and editing these books.
Celestia : The free space simulation http://celestia.sourceforge.net/ Celestia ... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.
Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
Norwegian Space Centre http://www.spacecentre.no/ Norwegian Space Centre
The Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) is government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. NSC promotes the development, co-ordination and evaluation of national space activities as well as supports Norwegian interests in the European Space Agency (ESA).
Educational offerings are available at all levels, from primary school to university. The principal concern is with space-related topics important in Norway, and offerings are developed in co-operation with educational specialists and teachers at various levels.
NASA Education Resources and Websites http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/internet/index.html NASA Education Resources and Websites
This page gives a list of the resources and websites that NASA has online to support teaching learning
A Guide to NASA's Education Programs | Join Earth Crew | NASAexplores | NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future (COTF) | NASA's Learning Technologies Project (LTP) | The NASA Image Exchange (NIX) | Space Calendar | Science@NASA | U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission | Meet NASA People | Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) | NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory | Imagine Mars | Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) | NASA History Office | Amateur Radio | The NASA Technology Portal |
Kids Space http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ Hey, kids! My name is Cassini and along with my buddy Huygens, I'm on my way to explore the planet Saturn. Welcome to command central for this spectacular journey.
Here you can read some amazing stories to learn about the mission and some of the challenges we face, because going to Saturn is not like driving to grandma's house. Check out the fun facts and learn more about Saturn, Huygens and me and the two astronomers we got our names from.
You can even build a paper model of me and we'll show you where to find Saturn in the night sky.
Windows to the Universe, http://www.windows2universe.org/ | User Survey! | Our Planet | Our Solar System | The Universe | Myths | Art, Books & Films | Space Missions | People | Headline Universe | Cool Stuff | Data | Geology | Life | Table of Contents | Help | Search Tools | Preference | Comments | What's New | Sun | Mercury | Venus | Mars | Jupiter | Saturn | Uranus | Neptune | Pluto | Kids' Space | Teacher Resources | Ask A Scientist | Workbook | Fun & Games | Tools | CSEM Outreach | The HIGH TIDE Project | SPA Open House | SPARC | Space Weather |
Our Solar System http://www.adders.org/freeware/solarsys.html Our Solar System
A journey through the solar system similar to the screen saver available on this site, except that you can learn more about each of the planets. Whereas the saver is a rolling non stop tour you can stop the action and choose which planet you wish to view and learn more about.
Planets Plays - Lesson Plan http://www.pics4learning.com/lessonplan_details.php?id=s03 Planets Plays
Objective - Students will learn facts about the nine planets and the order in which they appear in our solar system.
They will then write a creative play using the information they learned from the pictures and resources you share.
Helpful mnemonic device for remembering the planet order:
My (Mercury), Very (Venus), Eager (Earth), Mother (Mars) Just (Jupiter) Served (Saturn) Us (Uranus) Nine (Neptune) Pickles (Pluto)
Creating a Model of the Planets http://www.pics4learning.com/lessonplan_details.php?id=s16 Creating a Model of the Planets
Objective - Students will explore sizes, characteristics, and composition of the nine planets and then create balloon models of the planets that show their relative size to one another.
planets | space | solar system |
InsideOut investigates - space http://insideout.rigb.org/insideout/space/index.html InsideOut investigates?space: the universe and the future.
The concept of space is, quite literally, HUGE. Anyone who has discovered any facts about what's out there will have realised the impact that new information could have on the future of life on Earth, and that it may even answer questions about how we got here.
Discover the science and explore the origins of the universe: find out about the life-cycle of a star and see how fundamental stars are to our very existence.
Planet Quest http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/ Planet Quest
The recent discovery of numerous planets around stars other than the Sun confirms that our solar system is not unique. Indeed, these "extrasolar planets" appear to be common in our galactic neighborhood.
This site tracks the search for new planets
space | planets | stars | planet | astronomy |
Solar Internet Scavenger Hunt http://solar-center.stanford.edu/scavenger/scavenger.html Solar Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is lots of fun. To play, you'll have to think hard about the questions on this page, and then fly off to search for the answers on some of the other pages. If you find all of the right answers, we'll put your name on the web so everyone will be able to see what a genius you are!
planets | Earth | solar | sun |
An atlas of the universe http://www.anzwers.org/free/universe/ This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like.
There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one. The first map shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe.
universe | map | solar system |
StarChild http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/ Welcome to StarChild -
A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
In this section you will find interesting information about a lot of amazing space subjects. By the time you have completed the Space Stuff Section, you will be an expert on becoming an astronaut, space probes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, spacesuits, and the history of space travel. Have fun!
Metaplanets http://www.metaplanets.com/ Metaplanets features high quality interactive streaming 3D animations of our solar system. The planetary models are based on USGS data gathered from NASA space missions. On the left hand side of each planet page are controls and instructions so that visitors may stop and start the rotation, zoom in and out, and reset the animation. For example, it's possible to stop the Earth's rotation and zoom in on the Nile Delta.
space | planets | earth | astronomy | solar system |
Space Flight for Tourists? - video http://www.harcourtschool.com/articles/video_updates/ Space Flight for Tourists? - Reporting: Denise Dillon
Companies talk about the possibility of making outer space a tourist destination. The vacation hot spots of the near future could include space hotels and sight-seeing on the moon.
space | video | vacation | holiday |
Hong Kong Space Museum http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space/e_index.htm The construction of the Hong Kong Space Museum commenced in 1977. It is strategically located at the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui - the defunct terminus of the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Commissioned in October 1980, it was the first local planetarium for the popularization of astronomy and space science. The unique egg-shaped dome rendered the 8000-square-metre museum to be one of the most famous landmarks in Hong Kong.
Inside the Space Theatre, there is a hemispherical projection dome with a diameter of 23 metres. Boasting the first OMNIMAX film projector in the eastern hemisphere, Hong Kong Space Museum was also the first planetarium in the world to possess a fully automated control system at its Space Theatre. Each year, the Museum produces two multi-media planetarium shows and introduces the best foreign OMNIMAX films to Hong Kong.
Space at the Learning Network http://teachervision.com/tv/theme/Space Explore what is known about the universe, and imagine what is still to be discovered.
Stars and Moon Patterns | Distances Between the Planets | The Harvest Moon and the Equinox | Frequently Used Air and Space Terms | Spring Tides Chart | Lunar Eclipse | Moon, Tides, and Illumination | Pegasus Patterns | Force and Motion | Planet Facts | How Old is the Universe? | The Asteroids | Weightlessness and Gravity | Our Solar System | Eclipse Quiz | Space Pictures |
Asteroid Introduction http://www.solarviews.com/eng/asteroid.htm Asteroids that are on a collision course with Earth are called
meteoroids. When a meteoroid strikes our atmosphere at high
velocity, friction causes this chunk of space matter to
incinerate in a streak of light known as a meteor. If the
meteoroid does not burn up completely, what's left strikes
Earth's surface and is called a meteorite."
The Planets http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/ This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program. The collection has been extracted from the interactive program "Welcome to the Planets" which was distributed on the Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM Version 1.5 in December 1995.